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The Walkmen

  • Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone [Startime International, 2002] C+
  • Bows and Arrows [Record Collection, 2004] Dud

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone [Startime International, 2002]
Just what we always wanted--Jonathan Fire*Eater grows up. Put some DreamWorks money into a studio, that was mature. Realized Radiohead was the greatest band in the world, brainy. Stopped playing so fast, hoo boy. And most important, switched vocalists from Nick Cave imitator to Rufus Wainwright imitator. Wainwright makes up better melodies with a dick in his mouth, and not only that, Cave has more literary ability. New York scene or (hint hint) no New York scene, DreamWorks isn't buying. C+

Bows and Arrows [Record Collection, 2004] Dud