Brian Fallon - Sleepwalkers
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Based on 8 reviews
2018 Ratings: #519 / 676
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Based on 18 ratings
February 9, 2018 / Release Date
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He doesn’t tinker much with the formula on Sleepwalkers, but why would he? Fallon has proven himself to be an effective poet for a certain kind of nostalgia.

A.V. Club

He’s settled into a comfortable retro-rocker groove, blending his Springsteen sensibilities in a pastiche of Motown grooves and ’50s-basic backbeats, aided by the occasional veer into Americana and countrified ambles.

There’s a constant feeling on ‘Sleepwalkers’ that, second time round, Fallon is much more comfortable in his own skin as a solo artist, allowing him to build on the promising (if safe and at times workmanlike) ‘Painkillers’ to deliver a consistent and well-crafted record that manages to sound comfortingly familiar, curiously retro and fiercely modern all at the same time.
Drowned in Sound
Overall, the record is recognisably Fallon’s; he takes his best ingredients of trademark likeability and searing emotional insight and transfers it while changing things up musically.

The soul- and R&B-heavy sophomore solo outing from the Gaslight Anthem frontman, Sleepwalkers builds on Brian Fallon's 2016 debut via a heartfelt rendering of familiar classic rock and blue-collar bar band devices that invokes River-era Bruce Springsteen.

The Line of Best Fit

If you buy into Brian Fallon’s rock classicist worldview, Sleepwalkers is an enjoyable record. Just don’t ask for much beyond that.

‘Sleepwalkers’ is his second solo offering following 2016’s ‘Painkillers’ and though it’s hard to track evolution when you’ve a voice that distinctive, it’s true that Fallon has experimented with more than just heartland rock and alt-country here.

Sleepwalkers has some very good songs, but often comes off as cheesy and predictable — if a melody sounds familiar, it's probably because Fallon has sung one just like it before.

▲ Forget Me Not, Little Nightmares
Top 3 Tracks:
If Your Prayers Don't Get To Heaven
Forget Me Not
Come Wander With Me
I didn’t love it as much as Painkillers. That’s really my only critique of the album. It’s Cagier and braver but oxymoronically feels more free. Standout tracks include “Proof of Life” and “Neptune”

This album made me want the next Gaslight Album to happen Right now.
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Track List

  1. If Your Prayers Don't Get To Heaven
  2. Forget Me Not
  3. Come Wander With Me
  4. Etta James
  5. Her Majesty's Service
  6. Proof of Life
  7. Little Nightmares
  8. Sleepwalkers
  9. My Name Is the Night (Color Me Black)
  10. Neptune
  11. Watson
  12. See You On the Other Side
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Added on: January 8, 2018