Another day, another "The" New York band. This would seem to be the case with the Walkmen, but if you pay attention to their cover art, you will see the music within: stark, black and white, and mysterious. They have more in common with Interpol and U2 than with the Strokes, and that is a blessing. Their sophomore album is one of those albums that are full of great songs, but one that won't shake up the world. It will always be a treasured part of your collection, but it won't set the world on fire. Which is a shame, because if more bands made music this insightful and touching, the music scene would be a better place. Their use of organ to add texture and atmosphere to the songs is a welcome touch, and gives the band character. It would be hard-pressed to find a song that reaches the greatness of "The Rat", but "Little House of Savages" and the title track come close, being fleshed out by moody, slower songs like "What's in it For Me?" Truly a fine sophomore effort, albeit one that doesn't stray too far from their debut's formula. The Walkmen definitely have the potential to achieve a tremendous album, and "Bows + Arrows" is a strong step in the right direction.