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The Loves Of Your Life

Hamilton Leithauser

The Loves Of Your Life

Fourth full-length solo album from The Walkmen frontman self-produced and mixed in his DIY studio The Struggle Hut

ADM rating[?]

7.7

Label
Glassnote
UK Release date
10/04/2020
US Release date
10/04/2020
  1. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Hamilton Leithauser’s real world vignettes on The Loves Of Your Life are his finest moment to date
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  2. 8.2 |   Paste Magazine

    The former Walkmen frontman’s second solo effort is a generous collection of narrative-driven Americana
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  3. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    From cinematic opener The Garbage Men to the intimate The Old King, where Leithauser harmonises with his daughters, it’s positive, life-affirming stuff. Highly recommended
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  4. 8.0 |   Northern Transmission

    A collection of successful character sketches and a successful creative exercise for Hamilton Leithauser
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  5. 8.0 |   music OMH

    It may not have the immediacy of old Walkmen songs such as The Rat or Angela Surf City, but these stories of New York characters have a charm and subtlety all of their own, which is rewarded by repeated listening
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  6. 8.0 |   All Music

    By the time The Loves of Your Life closes with the joyous "The Old King," Leithauser stretches his music into a wide embrace of the past and present that's all the more impressive because it feels so lived-in and genuine
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  7. 8.0 |   Q

    Leithauser's voice is its usual delicious scuffed-up howl, the music covers a broad indie-rock sprawl, but the focus here is the stories. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   Mojo

    The arrangements are more ebullient and wide-ranging. His subjects - all character sketches of friends or chance meetings - are also multifaceted. Print edition only

  9. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    It’s a further breakaway from the great, dirty city sounds he helped revive in the early ’00s, but it lounges around the same subjects with a renewed and lighthearted sense of reverie
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  10. 8.0 |   Clash

    Sonically ‘The Loves Of Your Life’ is a Wurlitzer whirlwind of nostalgia, however the glimpsed memories that lie at its heart are so charmingly dazzled to life - they are testament to the humanist eye of a songwriter as vividly inspired as he has ever been
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  11. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Throughout, Leithauser performs with his customary passion, and this marks a pleasing new direction for a singular talent
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  12. 7.6 |   Pitchfork

    The former Walkmen member wrote each of these songs about a specific person, forming an archive of memories that comes alive in his elevated songcraft and dynamic voice
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  13. 7.0 |   Beats Per Minute

    Even when the material is less than hoped for, his voice can still manage to grab you square in the heart
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  14. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Fun for all the family. Print edition only

  15. 6.0 |   No Ripcord

    Leithauser’s gift as a storyteller still holds strong on this project. The Loves of Your Life was designed with each song intentionally being about a specific person, which makes even the worst songs interesting tales
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