PREVIEW: Download The Walkmen’s “In the New Year” MP3
God, I love this album. The problem I have is that so few people echo my sentiments. Like many great albums, The Walkmen‘s You & Me takes a vibe — in this case, broken-down barroom rambling — and spins it into an entire album’s worth of coherent and related thought processes. So what’s stopping everybody else from acknowledging this as I have? The answer may lie in the first listen.
Admittedly, I really wasn’t a big fan on the first go-around of You & Me. It’s not that I hated it. I just didn’t pick up on all of the subtle nuances that were caught in between Hamilton Leithauser’s pain-stricken vocals and the moody, effects-ridden background.
Still, I gave it another chance. I let it sit a week. When I came back to it, I was floored. The spiraling-out-of-control landscapes, smokey bar atmosphere, feelings of regret and Leithauser’s vendetta against all things December suddenly made sense. I was hooked and have been ever since.
I’m not one to sensationalize things, but if you have not heard this, you need to. You won’t get it on the first listen, but trust me, you will eventually, and once you do, you’ll just love it more each time. Take it from someone who knows all too well.
— John Cassillo, Reviews Editor