Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone

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Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone
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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 26, 2002
Recorded2001
GenrePost-punk revival
Length50:49
LabelStartime International
ProducerThe Walkmen, Greg Talenfeld
The Walkmen chronology
Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone
(2002)
Bows + Arrows
(2004)

Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone is the debut studio album by the American indie rock band The Walkmen, released on March 26, 2002 on Startime International. The Walkmen celebrated the album's release by performing at the Knitting Factory on April 6, 2002.[1] The album received generally positive reviews, especially from independent music reviewers. The song "We've Been Had" was featured in commercials for the Saturn Ion.

The cover is a detail of a Lewis W. Hine photograph, called Newsies at Skeeter's Branch, St. Louis, Missouri, 11:00 am, May 9, 1910.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Cokemachineglow83%[3]
Entertainment WeeklyB−[4]
Pitchfork8.7/10[5]
Stylus MagazineA−[6]
The Village VoiceC+[7]

AllMusic's Charles Spano gave Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone 4.5 out of 5 stars, writing that "It is not so much that the Walkmen sound like Television or the Talking Heads or Blondie, but that they, like their NYC peers Interpol, the French Kicks, and Radio 4, evoke the gritty, urban energy so well."[2]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade Year Rank
Pitchfork The 50 Best Albums of 2002 2003
27
[8]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "They're Winning" – 2:06
  2. "Wake Up" – 4:13
  3. "Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone" – 4:12
  4. "Revenge Wears No Wristwatch" – 3:20
  5. "The Blizzard of '96" – 3:01
  6. "French Vacation" – 4:31
  7. "Stop Talking" – 4:07
  8. "We've Been Had" – 3:29
  9. "Roll Down the Line" – 3:11
  10. "That's the Punch Line" – 3:13
  11. "It Should Take a While" – 6:22
  12. "Rue the Day" – 3:36
  13. "I'm Never Bored" – 5:28

Personnel[edit]

The Walkmen
Additional Personnel
  • Kisten McCord, Karen Waltuch, Meredith Yayanos - strings (3)
  • Harlem Horns - horns (7)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sanneh, Kelefa (2002-04-10). "ROCK REVIEW; Striving to Sound Entropic While Celebrating Chaos". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  2. ^ a b Spano, Charles. "Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone – The Walkmen". AllMusic. Retrieved June 14, 2016.
  3. ^ Reid, Scott (2002-06-01). "The Walkmen: Everyone Who Pretended To Like Me is Gone". Cokemachineglow. Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  4. ^ Sinclair, Tom (June 7, 2002). "Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 14, 2016.
  5. ^ Dahlen, Chris (April 7, 2002). "The Walkmen: Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 14, 2016.
  6. ^ Panzner, Joe (September 1, 2003). "The Walkmen – Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone – Review". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on March 30, 2014. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (April 29, 2003). "Consumer Guide: Not Hop, Stomp". The Village Voice. Retrieved June 14, 2016.
  8. ^ "Top 50 Albums of 2002". Pitchfork. 2003-01-01. Retrieved 2018-01-23.