The Walkmen - A Hundred Miles Off Album Review

The Walkmen A Hundred Miles Off Album

Review of A Hundred Miles Off Album by The Walkmen

The Walkmen

A Hundred Miles Off

Album Review

Some albums have great openers, Highway 61 Revisited had the snarling kick in the teeth of 'Like A Rolling Stone', Kid A had the disorientating ambient whirr of 'Everything In Its Right Place', and The Walkmen's A Hundred Miles Off has 'Louisiana.' It kick-starts the album with its giant celebratory creole of crashing cymbals, rolling pianos and ballsy brass riffs, sounding every inch a classic. Then, something strange happens, all of the buzz whipped up by the opener is drained by the rest of the album, and it peters out half way through, losing all momentum.

Yes, the difference between this album and the aforementioned classics, is that they used their dynamic openers, and built on them, whereas this one doesn't come close top matching its first track.

Aside from 'Louisiana' there is barely a tune on here, 'Lost in Boston' is a disappointing sub-Strokes effort, that meanders without ever hitting its peak. Similarly 'Tenleytown' is off-kilter thrash that fails to move on from the jolt of its furious intro.

Although many songs on the record are almost amelodic, there is something dark in their dissonant rhythms and desert dry guitars. 'Good For You's Good For Me' is a whirling soundscape, that when coupled with Hamilton Leithauser's Shane MacGowan-does-Americana drawl, sounds genuinely impressive. And this aesthetic doesn't really let up for the duration, creating a consistent ambience that most albums can't boast. The problem is though, there's very little reward in it, and their last two records had that consistency, and still managed to keep you interested for the entire LP.

A Hundred Miles Off is something of a dip in form for The Walkmen, as it's a bit too one-note to be truly great, but there are a couple of moments that save it from being a complete flop.

Ben Davis




Site - http://www.myspace.com/thewalkmen


Advertisement

Editors Recommendations

"Fifty Shades Of Grey Trailer" Reaches Viral Status: Most Watched Trailer Of 2014

If you’re not a Fifty Shades of Grey fan, that’s ok, apparently the...

Actors That Just Can't Stand The Sight of Each Other

Recently, Freddie Prinze Jr. revealed that he thought Kiefer Sutherland was ‘the most...

Actors That Just Can't Stand The Sight of Each Other

Introducing Magic, The Band Behind This Summer's Hit, 'Rude'

You've heard the song on the radio. People are humming it anywhere...

Introducing Magic, The Band Behind This Summer's Hit, 'Rude'

Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj Link Up For 'Bang Bang' Single

What happens when three of the biggest names in pop music all have...

Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj Link Up For 'Bang Bang' Single

Everybody Wants A Piece of Chris Pratt, Guardian of The Galaxy

It’s been a well-documented rise to fame for Chris Pratt – the guy who used...

Everybody Wants A Piece of Chris Pratt, Guardian of The Galaxy

The Best Movie Trailers To Emerge From Comic-Con 2014

The San Diego Comic-Con may be over but the buzz surrounding its contents is only just...

The Best Movie Trailers To Emerge From Comic-Con 2014
Advertisement

Sharks And Absurdity Descend On NYC In "Sharknado 2: The Second One"

As unfortunate as the idea of Sharknado 2 sounds, it’s happening. Let that...

Tara Reid - Sharks And Absurdity Descend On NYC In

Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber Scuffle

Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber are reported to have clashed on a night out on the island of Ibiza...

Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber Scuffle

Chris Martin And Gwyneth Paltrow Spotted Together At Film

Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow were seen together at a movie screening on Monday...

Chris Martin And Gwyneth Paltrow Spotted Together At Film


More recommendations

Advertisement

Comments

The Walkmen Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on The Walkmen

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All