Bows + Arrows

The Walkmen - Bows + Arrows
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Based on 11 reviews
2004 Ratings: #144 / 365
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Based on 84 ratings
2004 Ratings: #29
February 3, 2004 / Release Date
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nearly flawless

edit: hamilton's vocals are godlike
Love has been mused about since the beginning of time, and these guys might just do it the best. A great concept album from the group out of New York. This basically a flawless album, Hamilton’s vocals are almost godlike. Instrumentals that range from anger to sadness to forgiveness. This album always has held a special place in my heart, makes me think of fall with all the leaves falling. If I was making a best of 2000s list this will be right up there, top 10 maybe top 5.
Of all the bands to emerge in the New York post-punk scene, Hamilton Leithauser might just have the most emotive and powerful vocals. His massive range and idiosyncratic rasp propels this album towards greatness. Not that it's a one-man show. The music isn't anything groundbreaking -- it's just really good garage rock, successfully suiting a number of speeds and moods. Plus "The Rat" is a preposterously good song that emphatically deserves its place on best-of-the decade lists.
Tom Simmons
Fav Tracks: The Rat, The North Pole, My Old Man, New Years Eve, Little House of Savages, What's In It For Me
AAAAAAAAAA this album is so good uwu

The beautiful romantic lyrics, the powerhouse vocals, the crunchy guitar riffs and the ROARRRRRING drums all come together in a fantastic way to give a truly incredibly rock album with so much personality and flair that really should have the broadest appeal to anyone quite frankly. Love love love love LOVE <3

Favs: what’s in it for me, the rat, No christmas while I’m talking, Little house of savages, 138th Street, The North Pole, Hang on ... read more
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Track List

  1. What's in It for Me
  2. The Rat
  3. No Christmas While I'm Talking
  4. Little House of Savages
  5. My Old Man
  6. 138th Street
  7. The North Pole
  8. Hang On Siobhan
  9. New Year's Eve
  10. Thinking of a Dream I Had
  11. Bows + Arrows
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