The Walkmen – You And Me

August 22, 2008

“…my heart’s in the strangest place…”

You And Me, the new album from New York based band the Walkmen is a pretty low key affair, which isn’t really a criticism, but this isn’t exactly the album you want to listen to to get that party started right. It is, however, maybe the perfect end of summer album: It’s moody, romantic, hopeful, ambivalent and melancholy, with just a touch of nostalgia and regret woven in. Musically, it often sounds like Bob Dylan backed by the Doors, with some Tom Waits and Harry Nilsson thrown in for good measure. I liked the first half of the album better than the second half, which tends a plod a bit, but in general, this is a pretty worthy effort, and will probably grow on some with repeated listens. Standout cuts: “Donde Esta La Playa,” “On The Water,” “In The New Year” and “Red Moon.”

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