Black Hours (CD)


Hamilton Leithauser

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Amoeba Review

06/02/2014

The former Walkmen frontman leaves us swooning on his solo debut. Backing away from the post-punk of his former band, Black Hours sees Leithauser focusing on digging his gravelly voice through chamber pop environs, singing heartily among stirring strings and vibes on “The Silent Orchestra.” Little the Walkmen did had the vibrant energy of a song like “Alexandra,” with Leithauser smiling his way through an irresistible jig. But Leithauser also throws a bone to those who miss the Walkmen’s nocturnal musings with songs like “11 O’Clock Friday Night,” a kind of New York at night drinking song with some clanging percussion amid the CBGBs guitars to keep it tied to the orchestrated feel of the rest of the album, and the lonely piano ballad “St. Mary’s County.” Throughout, Leithauser’s voice has never sounded better, growing further into a manly howl like a young Rod Stewart. He sounds as terrific crying into a pool of whiskey and reverb on the countrified “I Retired” as he does returning to his roots on the defiant “I Don’t Need Anyone.” While we’ll always miss the Walkmen, the thing we were gonna miss the most was that voice. Black Hours makes their departure sting less, as it opens a triumphant new avenue for Leithauser.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
5 AM
Hamilton Leithauser
2.
The Silent Orchestra
Hamilton Leithauser
3.
Alexandra
Hamilton Leithauser
4.
11 O'Clock Friday Night
Hamilton Leithauser
5.
St. Mary's County
Hamilton Leithauser
6.
Self Pity
Hamilton Leithauser
7.
I Retired
Hamilton Leithauser
8.
I Don't Need Anyone
Hamilton Leithauser
9.
Bless Your Heart
Hamilton Leithauser
10.
The Smallest Splinter
Hamilton Leithauser

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