Black Hours - Hamilton Leithauser
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  • Summary: The debut solo release for The Walkmen frontman features guest contributions from Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend, Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors, Morgen Henderson of Fleet Foxes, former bandmate Paul Maroon and Richard Swift of The Shins.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Jun 3, 2014
    83
    In the hands of a less capable frontman and songwriter, Black Hours could have turned out as a cheesy attempt at ’50s pastiche. Instead, it’s a lively, confident, and charming first effort.
  2. May 21, 2014
    80
    [Leithauser] revels in letting his talent run free, outwith trad rock arrangements. [Jun 2014, p.92]
  3. May 27, 2014
    80
    Black Hours could easily have been Walkmen-lite, but Leithauser's ambition to seize the opportunity, and eschew the obvious, results in an album his voice--and a number of his fans-- has no doubt longed for.
  4. May 30, 2014
    70
    Black Hours [is] loaded with familiar falsetto swoops, cutting middle range and observation mixed with self-reflection. [Jul 2014, p.98]
  5. Jun 3, 2014
    70
    Black Hours illuminates Leithauser’s individual abilities for sure. And once he firms up what it is he actually wants to say or at least how he wants to say it, the result will surely be worth leaning in on to process.
  6. 67
    Black Hours is a throwback, but it’s a throwback that could have benefitted from a few more forward-looking ideas.
  7. 50
    On Black Hours, Leithauser tries on a bunch of outfits, and at times those outfits are more costume than something pulled out of his own closet.

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