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  • Summary: The sales of the digital version of the band's latest album will be donated to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the Joy Fund.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. In 'The Blue Route,' it hits home like a 30th birthday--and as the standout 'In The New Year' points out, realizing "It's all over anyhow" can be invigorating, a way of readying oneself for the next, far more interesting chapter.
  2. The Walkmen have solidified their place among our memories.
  3. You & Me isn't as hard or immediate as the band's earlier records, but that's not a complaint; Its sound is coy, and invites you to spend time with it.
  4. Much has been made of Leithauser's voice, which often feels choked, but on You & Me, could one imagine a more perfect instrument?
  5. [Leithauser’s] voice has filled out, like an adolescent discovering girls and his true sound at the same time. But too often on You & Me the rest of the group sounds pedestrian, cautiously still and unambitiously sticking to what they know so well.
  6. Most of these tracks should be outright downers, but the contrasts between sorrow, hope, loneliness, and independence strike just the right balance. [Fall 2008, p.85]
  7. 40
    Guitars still sound like they were recorded in an igloo, while the singer's Dylan obsession only really pays off on woozy waltz 'Red Moon,' assisted by Matt Barrick's skeletal drum accompaniment. [Nov 2008, p.128]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. PatK
    Feb 9, 2009
    10
    Awesome CD... Cannot get enough.
  2. JJ
    Dec 15, 2008
    10
    Album of the year!
  3. MikeS.
    Aug 20, 2008
    10
    Ok, so seriously the album is a 9 but I'm putting 10 because someone is bound to under-rate this album. This is the best Walkmen release Ok, so seriously the album is a 9 but I'm putting 10 because someone is bound to under-rate this album. This is the best Walkmen release since Bows + Arrows, forget the last two albums and do yourself a favor, get one of the best albums of the year...you won't regret it. Expand
  4. Oct 9, 2013
    10
    A perfect fall record. Look beyond the obvious winners ("In The New Year", "Red Moon", the instant classic "Canadian Girl") and there's muchA perfect fall record. Look beyond the obvious winners ("In The New Year", "Red Moon", the instant classic "Canadian Girl") and there's much to discover and cherish. "Long Time Ahead Of Us" is an underrated gem. Open the windows, put on the vinyl, and luxuriate in your 10.0 taste in music. Collapse
  5. ScottC.
    Aug 27, 2008
    9
    If you like this it would be awesome if you'd check out the podcasts I've started doing. We focus on bands like Walkmen... If you like this it would be awesome if you'd check out the podcasts I've started doing. We focus on bands like Walkmen... livingears. blogspot. com Expand
  6. ChristianP
    Oct 5, 2008
    9
    This album feels like a convertible ride to Mexico after a wedding in the 50s. Easily one of the year's best albums. More rewarding with This album feels like a convertible ride to Mexico after a wedding in the 50s. Easily one of the year's best albums. More rewarding with every listen. Equal parts cathartic and lilting. Expand
  7. PeterP.
    Mar 19, 2009
    2
    Only One song saves the disc: In the new year, the rest, is so disappointment.

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