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“Angela Surf City,” by The Walkmen

By Staff | Sep 15, 2010

 The Walkmen have released one of the best critically reviewed albums of the year and their careers with "Lisbon," which just came out Tuesday.

Critics can walk off a bridge as far as I’m concerned, but I have to say the first listen through the band’s sixth full-length has revealed an album that’s nuanced, yet also a full-embodied explosion of all the ideas the band has been grappling with for years.

There are elements of New Orleans brass, surf rock, folk and an epic scope to many of the songs that’s a little reminiscent of The National. And like The National’s albums, "Lisbon" certainly has the feel of being a grower. You know, one of those albums that really grabs you on the four or fifth listen and then never lets you go.

My two favorite songs so far are "Torch Song" and "Angela Surf City." I’ve chosen "Angela Surf City," because it’s the more immediate song that upon second listen will instantly suck you in. 

The pounding drums that dominate the track are the standout here, adding to that immediacy and ramping the song into overdrive nearly a minute into it.