- Lisbon

The Walkmen - Lisbon
CRITIC SCORE
82
Based on 23 reviews
2010 Rank: #31 / 830
USER SCORE
81
Based on
55 ratings

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86
Pitchfork

And that brings us to "Angela Surf City", the song on this album that deserves a place alongside "The Rat" and "In the New Year". It starts off tense and withdrawn, Leithauser singing about some relationship without ever letting us in on what, exactly, is going on. Underneath, there's a tense, withdrawn surf-rock beat. And when the chorus starts to well up, the music underneath keeps surging upward, becoming huger than anything the song should be able to handle, then getting even huger from there, as Barrick lets off relentless Bonham-level thundercracks.

80
Drowned in Sound

The Walkmen have done it slightly different this time, but I guarantee that after hearing this album, the brilliance of Lisbon will stay with you for the entire day, no matter what color the sky sitting above.

70
PopMatters

But Lisbon is an important step for the band, as they take everything they’ve learned from the previous eight years and find ways to improve on nearly all their mistakes while forgetting nothing that makes them who they are.

60
Tiny Mix Tapes

So yes, I have my reservations regarding Lisbon. It seems determined to match each of its firecracker sparks with a craggly, over-dimpled dud.

lerkenfeldt
91
An Indierock classic, that gets better every time you listen too it.
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DETAILS

September 14, 2010 / Release Date
LP / Format
Fat Possum / Label
John Congleton / Producer
Indie Rock / Genres
thewalkmen.com / Website
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# 2 - A.V. Club
# 33 - Cokemachineglow
# 24 - Gorilla vs. Bear
# 39 - musicOMH
# 36 - One Thirty BPM
# 21 - Pitchfork
# 18 - Prefix
# 42 - Rhapsody SoundBoard
# 37 - Spin
# 35 - Sputnikmusic
# 40 - Under the Radar
MISC LISTS
# 9 - AoTY 2010
Track List

  1. Juveniles 
  2. Angela Surf City 
  3. Follow The Leader 
  4. Blue As Your Blood 
  5. Stranded 
  6. Victory 
  7. All My Great Designs 
  8. Woe Is Me 
  9. Torch Song 
  10. While I Shovel The Snow 
  11. Lisbon