Hamilton Leithauser - Black Hours
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2014 Ratings: #334 / 845
User Score
Based on 34 ratings
2014 Ratings: #276
June 3, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Ribbon Music / Label
Chamber Pop / Genres
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Black Hours could easily have been Walkmen-lite, but Leithauser's ambition to seize the opportunity, and eschew the obvious, results in an album his voice — and a number of his fans — has no doubt longed for.

The Skinny

Black Hours is ultimately characterised more by its continuity with The Walkmen than by any kind of swerve-ball reinvention. 

The Line of Best Fit

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Black Hours, Leithauser’s debut solo album, carries much of the nighttime temperaments of The Walkmen (the album’s title is a hint); yet contained within those familiar shadow plays are moments that are more willing to embrace, melodies that aim for connection rather than slow-forming moods and silhouettes.


The Walkmen may have gone but what’s come in their place is an album as big in heart as it is in ideas. Re-energised and ready to take on the world this is an album that feels vintage and present. 

Drowned in Sound

Black Hours might be a tad scattershot, but it's held together with real spirit. 

some misfires but in general sounds enough like a Walkmen album to be quite enjoyable.
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Year End Lists

#14/Q Magazine

Track List

  1. 5 AM
  2. The Silent Orchestra
  3. Alexandra
  4. 11 O’Clock Friday Night
  5. St Mary’s County
  6. Self Pity
  7. I Retired
  8. I Don’t Need Anyone
  9. Bless Your Heart
  10. The Smallest Splinter
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