Like many of their fellow New Yorkers, the members of the Walkmen seem to thrive on chaos -- stark pre-dawn silences punctuated by unexpected explosions of sound and mysterious distant echoes. Bows and Arrows captures that spirit far more effectively than the quintet's 2002 debut, Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone, in large part because the band concentrate more on achieving release than building tension. That's most clear on "The Rat," on which vocalist Hamilton Leithauser does his best impression of an addled man walking a groove into the floor of a dank basement room, and on "Little House of Savages," which comes wrapped in a thicket of Paul Maroon's guitar parts. The disc isn't all rants and raves, however: The hushed, piano-laced "Hang On, Siobhan" carries a gray, O Brotherstyled pallor, while "What's in It for Me?" emits an unmistakable sense of yearning that breaks through the wall of sound that surrounds it. The unifying factor here is that -- unlike a good many of their peers -- the Walkmen seem like they're having a good time making their racket, and that feeling is contagious.
Performance CreditsWalkmen Primary Artist
Matt Barrick Drums,Group Member
Paul Maroon Guitar,Piano,Group Member
Hamilton Leithauser Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Walter Martin Organ,Noise,Group Member
Matthew Barrick Drums,Group Member
Peter Matthew Bauer Bass,Group Member
Technical CreditsD. Sardy Producer
Greg Gordon Engineer
Stuart Sikes Engineer
Dawn Barger Contribution
Anna Leithauser Cover Photo
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Bows+Arrows is an excellent album and a great addition to any collection of rock and roll. Fast garage rock songs such as "Thinking Of A Dream I Had" and "The Rat" are intermixed with brilliant off-kilter melodys such as "New Year's Eve" and "Hang on Soibhan". A required buy for any fan of high quality alternative music.