The Walkmen: Lisbon | CD review

(Bella Union)

Already bethrothed to two cities, with members split between New York and Philadelphia, the Walkmen now pin their colours to another civic mast after a couple of inspiring trips to the Portuguese capital. It's hard to say that any specifically Iberian influence is audible here – this album's sound was more or less in place on 2008's much-admired You & Me – but it's nonetheless another lovely record. Opener Juveniles sets the mood to come: relatively downtempo, but full of airy echo and sultry low-end reverberations, and as melodically adept as ever. It's the warm, slow joy of the mariachi-tinged Stranded, the tick-tock twang of Blue As Your Blood or the pre-rock'n'roll balladry of Torch Song that come to define this album's charms, and very considerable those are too.

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Tom Hughes

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