The Walkmen - Lisbon
Critic Score
Based on 27 reviews
2010 Ratings: #62 / 862
Year End Rank: #36
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Based on 77 ratings
2010 Ratings: #103
September 14, 2010 / Release Date
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Fat Possum / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

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 It starts off tense and withdrawn, Leithauser singing about some relationship without ever letting us in on what, exactly, is going on. Underneath, there's a tense, withdrawn surf-rock beat.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.

bitterblossom12
84
Lisbon is the best Walkmen album. Although it might not have what many people believe to be their best song (usually either 'The Rat' or 'In the New Year' are cited), it's their most consistent album and sticks really well to a sonic pallet that feels fun and energetic in it's higher moments and beautiful and blissed out in the slower moments. Juveniles is an excellent opener and one of the best Walkmen tracks, Blue as Your Blood and Angela Surf City both have great building energy, the final ... read more
lerkenfeldt
91
An Indierock classic, that gets better every time you listen too it.
75
The Walkmen’s three 2000s releases pegged them as some of the boldest, hardest hitters in the New York indie rock scene. With “Lisbon,” album number four, Hamilton Leithauser has finally reached his thirties, and his music and songwriting are maturing along with him. “Lisbon” is more inward and thoughtful than anything The Walkmen had released, conveying anxiety and tension in an especially subtle manner. What they sacrifice in moments of pure rock adrenaline, they ... read more
CheapandLethal
35
Very poor
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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

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