The former Walkmen frontman does his best Scott Walker impression on debut solo album

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Hamilton Leithauser - 'Black Hours'

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Hamilton Leithauser – ‘Black Hours’

Where The Walkmen were often reminiscent of The Walker Brothers, this solo turn from their former singer Hamilton Leithauser sounds more like the solo work of Scott Walker. In fact, it’s when Leithauser’s closest to ripping him off that he’s at his best, on ‘5AM’ or ‘The Silent Orchestra’: moody, lamplit, camper than Christmas in Hawaii, all pianos and plucked violin strings. Only when Leithauser relaxes the template does he start to cock it up; the strings blur from sophisticated lounge towards a lazy session-muso style, and he starts to edge towards the sort of thing U2 might’ve tacked on to ‘No Line On The Horizon’ with an eye on third single potential.

Gavin Haynes

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Record label:Ribbon Music
Release date:16 Jun, 2014