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Everyone Who Pretended To Like

Walkmen Audio CD
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1. They're Winning
2. Wake Up
3. Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone
4. Revenge Wears No Wristwatch
5. The Blizzard of '96
6. French Vacation
7. Stop Talking
8. We've Been Had
9. Roll Down the Line
10. That's the Punch Line
11. It Should Take a While
12. Rue the Day
13. I'm Never Bored

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Containing three former members of much-lamented New York buzz band Jonathan Fire Eater, who self-destructed before striking gold, the Walkmen seem determined not to repeat past mistakes. They marked their return with an unassuming self-titled EP and spent a meandering year on the club circuit before properly breaking this, their first full-length album, with a song loaned out to a car commercial. "Sometimes I'm just happy I'm older," sings Hamilton Leithasuer over the rolling, toy piano melody of "We've Been Had." While on the brittle, angular "Revenge Wears No Wristwatch," he whines, "I've heard it all before / I've had it up to here." But for all the dashed expectations and lingering regret, the Walkmen still look unblinkingly forward. The music here is intense and inventive, combining garage rock, cabaret pomp, and carnival melodies, while still sounding oddly tuneful. Fans of U2 and the Cure should investigate the Walkmen. --Aidin Vaziri

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5.0 out of 5 stars Some people still like them April 20 2004
Format:Audio CD
When I first moved to Williamsburg in 1995, I used to see the members of Jonathan Fire Eater quite frequently. I didn't know who they were then but they looked like a band. I was going to many reading and cocktail parties to notice. The lead singer often came up to me to buy drugs in the East Village. I used to hang out at some friend's apartments between C and D when there was a fear factor. I think that he thought that I was someone else. I have a familiar face. Actually as a kid I looked a lot like the guy in the middle on the cover of The Walkmen's new CD that comes out about five years after Jonathan Fire Eater's demise. There was talk about the members going back to college. Apparently there was another band called The Recoys. From the ashes of those bands, The Walkmen started about two years ago.
I think that some of them may still live in Williamsburg. It's hard to tell what any of their songs are about. But once you hear the Pixies-like "Wake Up" you know this is a band to pay attention to. Their music is dark and has more of a sense of loose humor. "Revenge Wears No Wristwatch" is a good example of what JFE might had sounded like if they had continued. They have been compared to U2 and New Order and vocally sometimes Hamilton Leithauser is like a drunk Bono or Gavin Friday. But there is hardly any of that annoying Edge guitar and instead there is experimentation and openness to new instruments. There's more to dream about with the Walkmen. Songs like "French Vacation" and "Stop Talking" are as much about the future as it is about the past. They are not recycling.
Actually at times they sound like the next record by The Strokes, if there is ever one.
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1.0 out of 5 stars very, very contrived June 22 2003
By Drusca
Format:Audio CD
What's on this cd only resembles music, but isn't actually music, imo. These "songs" sound like demos which could have used a lot more work. The band members sound like they were noodling around trying to figure out some decent parts to play, but didn't succeed by the time the final cut was made, which is pretty remarkable since I guess the album was recorded in their own studio without any constraints. Well, I guess they were satisfied with the results.
The contrived, directionless, faux British accent style of the singer and his rambling lyrics are intolerable. He should spend some time figuring out how a real melody is constructed and what differentiates a chorus from a verse. Reminds me of the singer from that ... 80's band Flesh For Lulu mixed with the worst aspects of Bono's singing style, but worse. I forced myself to listen to the whole album hoping things would improve, but by the end I was truly aggravated by the singer's style and thoroughly unimpressed by the indistinct and mediocre songwriting.
Perfect for fans of Interpol.
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4.0 out of 5 stars excellent sound, something different Feb. 21 2003
By daniel
Format:Audio CD
The songs on this record are really good, but what really stands out to me is the sound. I believe that their studio is in some sort of loft/industrial type space, and it sounds that way. The sound reflects off of high ceilings and hard surfaces, giving the record a very live feel. The record sounds old, like this was recorded several decades ago and just released now, though it is very clear and dynamic. Everything sounds as if it has a fine layer of dust on it. Treble everywhere, cymbal crashes sound very sharp and hissy, and the guitar sounds tinny and meaty at the same time. Everything sounds rich and vintage. And whatever they did to make the piano sound so murky and strange is excellent. The singer's howling, strange delivery compliments the sound of the band, and he keeps it in control most of the time. The production gives the record a unique, arty ambiance. The record shimmers.
The songs themselves, except for a couple, are not instantly gratifying, but after just a few listens the subtle hooks start to stick. It's always better that way. The arrangements are loose and spare, and the songs take a bit of time to get moving. The mood is sort of dark and depressed. The songs rarely settle into a groove, shifting from one part to another rather than running through a verse/chorus/verse structure as efficiently as possible. A few seem to meander and go nowhere in particular, but they sound very nice doing so. Two tracks stand out as being more traditional, radio-friendly songs. "Wake Up" is one of the catchier, more remarkable songs I have heard in a while, and was the reason I got this record. The way the song builds is impressive, flooring. "We've Been Had" is the song used in a saturn commercial.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Arising from the ashes... Feb. 11 2003
Format:Audio CD
What most people don't realize is that The Walkmen arose from the ashes of New York band Jonathan Fire Eater, but as they seemed out of their element a few years ago, this 'new and improved' version doesn't sound out of place in the current music scene. It's unfair to those unaware of their previous incarnation, but 'Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone' basically sounds like a follow-up release by Jonathan Fire Eater. Gone are the eerie carnival-like organs, but the strained vocals, tribal rhythmic drumming (eg, Joy Division) and sharp repeating guitar riffs are still present.
Yet the Walkmen have a much more evolved sound complete with trashy post-punk swagger and some clever production to boot. It shows a band that's taking their music more seriously, with a little less flash and more focus on songwriting. Yet just like Jonathan Fire Eater, The Walkmen sound just as ominous and tense as a tightly wound-up ball of rubber bands. In-your-face but still a bit unnerving. Nevertheless, the focus seems to be on crafting better songs this time around, and actually succeeds to a certain degree.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Music to dream to
What a Fantastic Album. This CD has a very mellow, dreamy, flowing feel to it. The only song really skipable song is "They're Winning" which is more of a warm-up than a... Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by Jeffrey Benson
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very interesting
I kind of bought it on a whim, I read a few reviews and that's it. Upon listening to it, I liked one or two songs but on the whole I found it to be pretty uninteresting and bland. Read more
Published on June 10 2004 by Ernest Fata
5.0 out of 5 stars Moody But Marvelous
This is my favorite CD by The Walkmen and one of my favorite CDs. The haunting piano notes, the overall softness...I love it. It's loud in a soft way. Hardest thing to describe. Read more
Published on Jan. 18 2004 by Marisa
4.0 out of 5 stars They were good on the Saturn commercial, but better in this
Wow, if I've ever bought a cd on impulse it was this one. For days I had been hearing the catchy intro to "We've Been Had" on a Saturn Ion commerical, wondering who this band was. Read more
Published on Sept. 19 2003 by Jenna
1.0 out of 5 stars Lets rip off early 80's post punk!
At what point does a tribute band become shameless rip off artists? I would say w/ this Walkmen album. Read more
Published on Aug. 31 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone
Length - 53:56
The gloomy New York quintet known as The Walkmen succeeded in making a beguiling amalgam of moody guitars, pianos and organs that elicit such occurences as the... Read more
Published on Aug. 11 2003 by Blackberries
5.0 out of 5 stars something different
i will admit this cd was a hard sell for me. i picked up based purely on the buzz surounding the band, and initially did not quite know what to make of it. Read more
Published on Aug. 7 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive
This is truly an amazing album. Buy it at first sight...you will be thankful. The Walkmen have a unique sound which compels repeated listening to the nuances and rich compositions... Read more
Published on May 16 2003 by Marc B
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
good cd. really different. this album has a sound never heard in the rock genre. Its Amazing. im speechless.
Published on April 12 2003 by STYCK11
1.0 out of 5 stars Blecch
I found the singer's affectations to be really, really annoying, and the songs themselves weren't so hot, either (although I do like "We've Been Had"). Read more
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