THE WALKMEN look set to be the next much-admired US band who’s time has come… The band’s sixth album, “Lisbon”, was released last week to some of the finest reviews of their career (press quotes below) and also saw them gatecrash the Billboard Top 20 when released in the US last month… Returning to these shores next week to join THE BLACK KEYS as special guests on their sold-out UK tour, THE WALKMEN have just announced news of their own headline shows in January:

Tour Dates – January 2011

  • Wednesday 19 January – GLASGOW – Oran Mor (£12.50)
  • Friday 21 January – BRISTOL – Trinity (£12.50)
  • Saturday 22 January – OXFORD – Academy (£12.50)
  • Sunday 23 January – BIRMINGHAM – Glee Club (£12.50)
  • Tuesday 25 January – LONDON – Shepherd’s Bush Empire (£15)
  • Wednesday 26 January – BRIGHTON – Concorde 2 (£12.50)

Critical acclaim for “Lisbon”, released 11 October on Bella Union records:

“Blisteringly heartfelt… an album to fall in love to, to break up to, to drown sorrows to, or to bounce around to”
NME – 9/10

“Emotionally flooring… you can taste hope, regret, experience and resignation in every song”.
Q – 4 stars ****

“Awash with lyricism… Poignant tales set to rich, hauntingly romantic melodies”
MOJO – 4 stars ****

“shimmering guitars… heartbreakingly honest lyrics… The overwhelming feeling on this record is that the band is untouchable… The Walkmen remain the discerning music fan’s go-to-group”
Artrocker – 5 stars *****

“Lisbon makes defiant virtues of under-ambition and overindulgence… the songs suit Hamilton Leithauser’s Dylan drawl…”
Uncut – 4 stars ****

“a lovely record… It’s the warm, slow joy of the mariachi-tinged Stranded, the tick-tock twang of Blue As Your Blood or the pre-rock’n’roll balladry of Torch Song that come to define this album’s charms, and very considerable those are too”
The Guardian – 4 stars ****

“Few other acts are able to express such profound melancholy… the music breathes and aches… The Walkmen have developed an unmistakable sound”
The Mail on Sunday – 4 stars *****

“They’re masters of sad songs with grand designs… Victory is the most emphatic, festival-primed anthem you’re likely to hear all year… A work of sustained quality”
The Sun – 4 Stars ****

“Time spent in Lisbon sees the NY crew in a warmly, contemplative piece for their sixth album”
Time Out – 4 stars ****

“tempestuous, tipsy-taut, transcendent… ‘Angela Surf City’ is thrillingly incendiary; ‘Stranded’ essays artfully sloshed romanticism… Tom Waits would surely approve”
The Independent

“Lisbon is a grandstand album… It’s rich and rewarding… exultant and forceful… their finest work in years”

“the brilliance of Lisbon will stay with you…”
Drowned in Sound – 8/10

“their most accomplished to date… Lisbon is a triumph, a record that has enough hooks to keep you coming back”
The Line of Best Fit

“transcendent Lisbon is sure to join High Violet on any shortlist of the most memorable albums of 2010”
MusicOMH – 4.5/5

“Never afraid to experiment and with the skills to challenge their fans, The Walkmen remain kings of their craft”
Clash – 7/10

“The expansive Americana of ‘Lisbon’ is like a more wistful Springsteen, mixed with Beck’s quieter moments…”
Loud and Quiet – 7/10

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