A Hundred Miles Off - The Walkmen
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  • Summary: The New York band fronted by Hamilton Leithauser self-produced this third album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. It’s the band’s throatiest, most pressing and urgent release to date.
  2. The songs are still full of lush guitars and dense, clattering percussion, but offer the added bonus of being more grandiose and emotional.
  3. An album that's more like the Walkmen's concerts than the meticulously crafted sound of their other albums.
  4. Reveal[s] an unexpectedly lilting and rootsy side to its sound and a growing facility for evocative storytelling lyrics.
  5. Despite occasional flashes of inspiration, much of the record blends together into a whole that is somehow much less than the sum of its parts; the ingredients are colorful, but the end result is disappointingly dull.
  6. The battle between the cream and the shit ends in a perpetual give and take, but it's the positives of A Hundred Miles Off we will remember in the long run.
  7. So while Hamilton Leithauser believes he's made a record comparable to the legendary 'The Basement Tapes', it seems almost churlish to point out that you'd be far better off digging out a copy of 'The Basement Tapes' and listening to it, than going out and purchasing 'A Hundred Miles Off' and listening to it once.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. MaxT
    Jul 5, 2006
    10
    A vast improvment from Bows + Arrows. B+A was a little too polished, but A Hundred Miles Off has the raw energy of their live shows. Quite possibly their best album to date. Expand
  2. JP
    May 24, 2006
    10
    make no mistake: if you're a walkmen fan, you will love this album. they've just made the next step towards perfecting their already distinctively gorgeous aesthetic. Expand
  3. brandya
    May 28, 2006
    10
    Give this record a chance, and it will impress...I think it's one of the best of 2006...this is the record the walkmen have threatned to make all along...as close to perfect as it gets...haunting, beautiful, creepy, and a shambolic mess...it's like listening to a blues band from Neptune...HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Expand
  4. RyanS
    May 24, 2006
    9
    What gives? I like this album a lot. Sure it's different, but different is good.
  5. adamh
    May 29, 2006
    9
    highlights indlude: this job is killing me, tenleytown, lousiana, emma get me a lemon, lost in boston, another one goes by
  6. AndrewL
    May 23, 2006
    8
    It takes a couple of listens , but i have grown to enjoy it very much.
  7. JamesD
    May 22, 2006
    5
    Thoroughly forgettable. The first two Walkmen albums only serve to make you want more out of this one. Not a single track that really catches your attention. Expand

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