The Walkmen | Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me is Gone (Vinyl Re-issue)

The Walkmen (2011)
By P. NICK CURRAN  |  January 17, 2012
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The Walkmen released their debut record Everyone Who Pretended To Like Me Is Gone 10 years ago this month — they're celebrating with the release of a limited run of high-fidelity vinyl. The band arrived from DC to a cluttered scene in early-aughts New York City, but found a niche somewhere between the drunken bravado of the Strokes and the macabre introspection of Interpol. Their first offering finds a similar big-city isolation in the crackling soprano of Hamilton Leithauser's tales of empty apartments and broken relationships, all told with the underpinnings of barebones instrumentation reliant on atmospheric layers of reverb-soaked guitar and the accents of light, twinkling piano. Ten years later, the record hits every bit as powerfully. The punchier songs play through the haze, the rooftop moments countered by hungover mornings of reflection. The record has no defining moment as much as it does a series of specific temporal markers. Leithauser never quite finds resolution to his problems, yet he lays them out in painstaking detail transcendent of generational context, each track a guide to separate neuroses. For a band who live mostly in the high end — both vocally and instrumentally — this hi-def vinyl re-issue delivers a denser sound. It works as a re-introduction to the band and as a worthy addition to the Walkmen catalogue in its own right.
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