A Hundred Miles Off On 2004's stellar Bows + Arrows , the Walkmen perfected a mix of stumbling balladry and vigorous rock anchored by frontman Hamilton Leithauser's creaky cry… 2006-05-23 The Walkmen Indie Rock
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A Hundred Miles Off (2006)

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Details Release Date: May 23, 2006; Lead Performance: The Walkmen; Genre: Indie Rock

On 2004's stellar Bows + Arrows, the Walkmen perfected a mix of stumbling balladry and vigorous rock anchored by frontman Hamilton Leithauser's creaky cry and the warm accents of a vintage organ. A Hundred Miles Off furthers the band's harsh, spiked-guitar side while sacrificing their former bleary-eyed bliss. The CD's austere instrumentation brings out the worst in Leithauser, whose once-endearing tunelessness becomes a whining deterrent on cuts like ''Danny's at the Wedding'' and the out-of-place hardcore-punk bid ''This Job Is Killing Me.'' Sixties-soul-flecked closer ''Another One Goes By'' shows the Walkmen can still ooze woozy cool, but it's not enough to salvage this jarring misfire.

Originally posted May 19, 2006 Published in issue #878 May 26, 2006 Order article reprints