The Loves of Your Life

Hamilton Leithauser - The Loves of Your Life
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Based on 16 reviews
2020 Ratings: #175 / 678
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Based on 120 ratings
2020 Ratings: #719
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April 10, 2020 / Release Date
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The Line of Best Fit

The Walkmen’s Hamilton Leithauser’s fourth solo album is unashamedly old fashioned.

The Young Folks

The Loves of Your Life is a beautifully understandable experience that leaves you wanting to know more.


Leithauser gives himself over to these real and invented memories, inhabiting them fully through specific, concise detail and imbuing them with a sense of hope and kindness.

Loud and Quiet

It’s a further breakaway from the great, dirty city sounds he helped revive in the early ’00s, but it lounges around the same subjects with a renewed and lighthearted sense of reverie.


Sonically ‘The Loves Of Your Life’ is a Wurlitzer whirlwind of nostalgia, however the glimpsed memories that lie at its heart are so charmingly dazzled to life - they are testament to the humanist eye of a songwriter as vividly inspired as he has ever been.

Northern Transmissions

The Loves of Your Life is a collection of successful character sketches and a successful creative exercise for Hamilton Leithauser.


Unlike many one-person projects, it never feels insular. In fact, The Loves of Your Life is often looser and freer than any of his previous solo work.


It may not have the immediacy of old Walkmen songs such as The Rat or Angela Surf City, but these stories of New York characters have a charm and subtlety all of their own, which is rewarded by repeated listening.


The former Walkmen member wrote each of these songs about a specific person, forming an archive of memories that comes alive in his elevated songcraft and dynamic voice.

FLOOD Magazine

Leithauser knows how far he can stretch both his songwriting and vocal talents, and The Loves of Your Life works best the closer we get to those frayed edges.

Beats Per Minute

The Loves of Your Life is an interesting entry in the career of Hamilton Leithauser, and one that rewards repeat listens on the majority of tracks even if some don’t quite click.

No Ripcord

His fourth solo work, The Loves of Your Life, feels more like a shrug than a change.

Hamilton Leithauser, most famous as the Lead Vocalist of The Walkmen, returns with another wonderful collection of Indie-Pop/Indie-Rock songs. With a range of genres being pulled from, we get Chamber Pop, Alt-Country, as well as early Rock n Roll. What makes this album really interesting is that almost entirely Written, Recorded and Produced by Leithauser himself in his New York studio. On one hand we now get an album that is truly the vision of its creator and no-one else's, on the other, ... read more
It's fine, but feels overproduced. Gonna go listen to Bows + Arrows now
Since starting his solo career, with the release of Black Hour (2014), Hamilton Leithauser has found in pop produced between the late 1960s and the beginning of the following decade the basis for each new copyright record. An example of this is in the songs of the collaborative I Had a Dream That You Were Mine (2016), a successful encounter with Rostam Batmanglij (ex-Vampire Weekend), and a clear indication of the revisionist direction that packs the creations of the musician, also known by ... read more
The Loves of Your Life is the fourth studio album by American musician Hamilton Leithauser, former frontman of indie rock band the Walkmen. Leithauser has always been put a lot of thought into his lyrics and that is still the case here, as he writes these songs based on different people he knows or encounters throughout his everyday life. He not only impresses on developing intriguing stories, but it’s also impressive to look over the info to these tracks and notice that he basically ... read more
It is very Rod Stewart in both delivery and storytelling, which mostly consist of portraits of the simple beauty of everyday life. The lyrics in general are well written, clearly a touch autobiographical songs like don't check the score and til your ship comes in are clearly written with someone in mind. Album combines melancholy and optimism very well, there always seems to be a silver lining in the cloud. But as nice as the album is, it is also quite run of the mill. There are not many of the ... read more
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Track List

  1. The Garbage Men
  2. Isabella
  3. Here They Come
  4. Cross-Sound Ferry (Walk-On Ticket)
  5. Don’t Check the Score
  6. Til Your Ship Comes in
  7. The Stars of Tomorrow
  8. Wack Jack
  9. Stars & Rats
  10. The Other Half
  11. The Old King
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Added on: March 5, 2020