Bows and Arrows Import
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|1. What's In It For Me|
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|4. Little House Of Savages|
|5. My Old Man|
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|7. North Pole, The|
|8. Hang On Siobhan|
|9. New Years Eve|
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Top Customer Reviews
Making the most immediate impact on "Bows And Arrows" are the hard-driving uptempo rockers "The Rat," "Little House of Savages," and "Thinking of a Dream I Had," where Leithauser's impassioned howl is backed by walls of jangly guitars and Matt Barrick's whip-smart drumbeats. With Leithauser intoning his longing lyrics in an aching croak, "My Old Man" and the post-breakup story "The North Pole" manage to be both depressing and defiant at the same time. Slower, atmospheric, almost elegaic songs like "What's In It for Me," "No Christmas While I'm Talking," and the piano-driven "Hang On, Siobhan" may take a little time to warm up too, but they're worth the wait. However, the band doesn't really stretch out until the concluding title track, a five-minute plus number that burns slowly and builds steadily through some insistent drumming and twisted guitar work. It's a little weirder than the rest of what's found here, but that winds up being a good thing.
While the quality of the songwriting and musicianship is generally good, I still have to say I was a tad bit disappointed in this album.Read more ›
A slow, reverberating riff opens to the mournful question, "What In It For Me?", before kicking off into a round of solid rock songs (the vaguely new-wave "Rat," the rather strange "House of Savages"), melancholy laments ("No Christmas While I'm Talking," the music-box ballad "Hang on Siobhan") before winding up with the soaring rocker "Thinking of a Dream I Had" and the unexceptional title track.
Perhaps the biggest problem with "Bows & Arrows" is the hesitant quality -- nothing ever breaks loose. It may please you, but it won't blow you off your feet. But the unpolished atmosphere of it will make your spine tingle at times, and it hints that the Walkmen may get even better.
The guitar work tends to range from good to outstanding, especially when it erupts in "Rat" or twangs in "My Old Man," with a backdrop of thunderous percussion. Twining through it all is an undercurrent of piano and organs, a shivery wall of synths that are twisted every which way. At times, the synths even sound a bit like a string chorus.
Frontman Hamilton Leithauser has a sort of raw, hoarse voice, a bit like a very desperate Bob Dylan. At times ("My Old Man") the music drowns him out, but most of the time he adds to the atmosphere.Read more ›
"Bows + Arrows" (11 tracks, 42 min.) starts of with its strongest tracks, a slowly building opener "What's In It For Me", followed by "The Rat" (radio single), an all-out rocker and the best song by far. Other notable tracks include "Little House of Savages", "The North Pole" and the delightful easy-going "New Year's Eve". Lead singer and guitarist Hamilton Leithauser is (too) tentative to make this a top-notch effort. Sometimes you think the band is gonna come crashing through your speakers, but it doesn't happen (no "wall of sound").
In all, this is not a bad album at all, but it suffers in comparison to, for example, the Stills' new album "Logic Will Break Your Heart". But I will be interested to see where the Walkmen go from here.
Most recent customer reviews
I know no one wants to hear comparisons in reviews, but I just have to. This CD pales in comparison to "Everyone Who Pretended To Like Me... Read morePublished on July 12 2004 by Jeffrey Benson
This album is amazing, flat out amazing. My one qualm with "Everyone who pretended to like me is gone" was the album was too slow alittle too distant and The Walkmen... Read morePublished on June 27 2004 by Nobody
I would love this CD if I was a depressed, thirteen year old male
whose room was the size of a closet.
I saw this group on Conan and liked their energy. I ordered the CD and have to say I was disappointed. The energy of their live show did not come thru on this CD.Published on May 11 2004 by Bryan D. Uslick
yes yes yes, i love The Walkmen and i'm not afraid to admit it. the marriage between the guitar and organ is something you must experience for yourself. Read morePublished on April 29 2004
This is a highly anticipated record for me. I have seen the Walkmen play a few times in the past year and they have featured many of these songs like "Little House of Savages" in... Read morePublished on April 22 2004 by alexander laurence