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Black Hours

Hamilton Leithauser

Black Hours

Debut solo album from The Walkman singer includes contributions from fellow Walkmen Paul Maroon and members of Vampire Weekend and Dirty Projectors

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  1. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    In the hands of a less capable frontman and songwriter, Black Hours could have turned out as a cheesy attempt at ’50s pastiche. Instead, it’s a lively, confident, and charming first effort
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  2. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    With fellow Walkman Paul Maroon assisting him on all but two tracks, it's much less a rock'n'roll album than the ones he made for 13 years
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  3. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Black Hours is ultimately characterised more by its continuity with The Walkmen than by any kind of swerve-ball reinvention
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  4. 8.0 |   The Music

    Although it lacks The Walkmen’s rockier edge, this album works because of its subtlety
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  5. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    It’s easy to listen to this album simply as another release from the New York post-punks
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  6. 8.0 |   Uncut

    It's Americana with a white collar, not a blue one
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  7. 8.0 |   Q

    Blessed with good songs, Leithauser wears everything well. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   Mojo

    With the Black Hours you can bet Leithauser won't be overlooked this time. Print edition only

  9. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Black Hours is a misleading title: this has a smile on its face, albeit sometimes a wry one
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  10. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    An album that, despite the nighttime evocation of its title, feels more like the mostly-sunny reveries of three in the afternoon, even if we’re more used to all of this twelve hours later
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  11. 8.0 |   DIY

    Re-energised and ready to take on the world this is an album that feels vintage and present. That is to say, this is classic Leithauser
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  12. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    Much of Black Hours is, on the face of it at least, upbeat and celebratory
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  13. 7.5 |   Earbuddy

    Leithauser is full of talent and great ideas, but listening to Black Hours makes the listener appreciate how excellent the other musicians complemented Leithauser’s remarkable pipes and songwriting
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  14. 7.4 |   Pitchfork

    Black Hours shares some of its strengths with Leithauser’s work with the Walkmen, and same goes with its weaknesses—namely, an occasional lapse in focus
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  15. 7.0 |   Paste Magazine

    Although a few cuts hit the joyous pop mark, many others stop just short
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  16. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    The instrumental diversity is refreshing, and with 2 of the 5 Walkmen reprising their roles, Black Hours never bids a full farewell to the sound they cultured for over a decade
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  17. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Black Hours might be a tad scattershot, but it's held together with real spirit
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  18. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    The album is grand and gorgeous
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  19. 6.7 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Black Hours is a throwback, but it’s a throwback that could have benefitted from a few more forward-looking ideas
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  20. 6.5 |   Beardfood

    He sounds vulnerable and personal in a way not heard before
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  21. 6.0 |   NME

    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
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  22. 6.0 |   Rolling Stone

    If his songwriting can be a bit flabby, the deep palette and intimate musicianship sustain a mood of late-night melodrama stretching toward 5 a.m. epiphany
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  23. 6.0 |   Under The Radar

    If Leithauser sounds undeniably comfortable in every suit he slips on throughout Black Hours, he's only intermittently inspired
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  24. 5.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Sure, the Walkmen had left behind some of their raw nerve and picked up a horn section a while ago, but here, the musical punch deteriorates via cleaner production and an ultimately professional backing band of ultimate professionals
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