“We Can’t Be Beat” is the first song off of The Walkmen’s Heaven and fittingly spare and introductory. Hamilton Leithauser begins his half besotted, half morose croon with solitary guitar accompaniment. It’s a song that wouldn’t feel out of place on the credits of a Wes Anderson movie, as little eccentric parts come into the fold, dense layered vocal harmonies, a quirky picked-up rhythm, a constant cinematic sense of an unsure build-up, the potential for something great to happen, but a profound sense of not knowing when.  Fortunately, that works perfectly for the album, as it picks up from there. A must buy in the albums of 2012.

We Can’t Be Beat – The Walkmen

You can grab the physical editions either from The Walkmen’s official store or their label Fat Possum.


Find Heaven on iTunes

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