Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Pussy Cats reveals facets of the Walkmen's personality that their originals haven't explored. [Dec 2006, p.189]
  2. One of the more interesting – and fun – cover albums out there.
  3. Pussy Cats Starring the Walkmen more than makes up for the lackluster A Hundred Miles Off.
  4. 80
    The record is just as uneven as the original and perhaps that's just the right way to pay homage. [Nov 2006, p.128]
  5. Like the first version, you sense the party was more fun to attend than Pussy Cats Starring The Walkmen is to hear.
  6. It just isn't as impressive when someone ventures into badlands that have already been mapped.
  7. Does “Pussy Cats” Starring The Walkmen stand on its own? It depends on what you thought of the original album because even with a Beatle as his best drinking buddy, Nilsson’s Pussy Cats still stumbles as much as it shines. [#15]
  8. A little messier than its inspiration but with the same freewheeling spirit, the Walkmen's Pussy Cats feels like a musical wake, rooted in just having fun making music with friends.
  9. 70
    Just as winningly sloppy as its source material. [Nov 2006, p.104]
  10. While the covers of Nilsson's originals ("Don't Forget Me," "Black Sails") are still mostly sad-eyed, plodding downers, the covers of the covers take off.
  11. The original Pussy Cats may not be classic enough to be untouchable, but Nilsson was enough of an oddball original, and the album carries so much back story, that a remake of it just ends up being a "why bother" moment.
  12. Sure, they love the album and want more people to know about it: admirable. But c’mon, why not just get rip-roarin’ drunk, bring in a bunch of friends, and make a legendary album of their own.
  13. Do they embarrass themselves? Not in the least. But they do raise the question of why this album even needs to be heard outside the band themselves, and why it should be in stores.
  14. There is a little bit of something here, but a whole lot of nothing.
  15. The Walkmen’s version is difficult to recommend to anyone unfamiliar with Nilsson and Lennon’s album.
  16. To their credit, they do sound genuinely drunk.
  17. While Hamilton Leithauser's hoarse yowl perfectly suits the plastered proceedings, the late Nilsson woudl likely have settled for a less sincere form of flattery. [Nov 2006, p.81]
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. erike
    Oct 30, 2006
    8
    the critics are morons as usual. if you like the walkmen, you will like this album. and no, it doesn't matter if you are familiar with the critics are morons as usual. if you like the walkmen, you will like this album. and no, it doesn't matter if you are familiar with nillson's original version. don't let the critics fool you. enjoy. Full Review »
  2. TomM
    Oct 27, 2006
    9
    The critics are missing the point here, entirely. This is a perfect cover of a really strange album. But what is there to knock, really? The critics are missing the point here, entirely. This is a perfect cover of a really strange album. But what is there to knock, really? Leithauser has never sounded better/more in control of his unique voice, and it's suited well to this material. And to score the album a 50 just because it's incredibly out-there to even be covering a cult album like this...that just doesn't make sense. These guys took an album they loved, and here's their tribute, and it sounds great. Maybe I missed something somewhere along the line -- but isn't that enough to merit a decent review? Full Review »
  3. Mike
    Oct 25, 2006
    8
    While I agree that this album doesn't quite stand on its own, it fits perfectly in The Walkmen's catalog. It's pretty much While I agree that this album doesn't quite stand on its own, it fits perfectly in The Walkmen's catalog. It's pretty much just for the fans. And aside from the usual, awesomely sprawling Walkmen fare, there's some really interesting stuff in there; early Wilco, a little Nick Cave, an absolutely Lennon-esque "Many Rivers To Cross". If you've been a fan since the beginning, you'll probably like this a lot. Full Review »