Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Walkmen: "Heaven" (album review)

Over the course of their career, NYC's The Walkmen have never been the most innovative of bands.  That trend continues with their new album (their seventh) Heaven.

In a lot of ways The Walkmen have devolved into a band that simply exists for the sake of existing.  They have little to say and say it in a very uninteresting way.

Nothing about the album, the lyrics, the energy, the melodies, the hooks, the arrangements, is exceptional.  It's all a morass of average.  It's rare that a band does not excel at a single element of their music, but The Walkmen accomplish that feat on Heaven.

We are treated to an instance of passion during "Song for Leigh", but even that is short-lived.

The best moments come on "The Love You Love" and "Heartbreaker". Both are Strokes-lite-lite-lite garage rock-esque numbers with decent melodies.  Yet they sound as derivative as anything I've heard all year, but that says a lot about the rest of the record.

Heaven is an album that truly reflects where The Walkmen currently are as a band.  Much like the band itself, the record is just there.

The Walkmen play the Molson Ampitheatre in Toronto on August 2nd opening for Florence + The Machine.

Best tracks: "Heartbreaker", "The Love You Love"

Track listing for Heaven:
  • We Can't Be Beat
  • Love Is Luck
  • Heartbreaker
  • Witch
  • Southern Heart
  • Line By Line
  • Song for Leigh
  • Nightingales
  • Jerry Jr's Tune
  • The Love You Love
  • Heaven
  • No One Ever Sleeps
  • Dreamboat

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