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Review: The Walkmen - "Dance With Your Partner" / "Vermeer '65"

The Walkmen Dance With Your Partner

"Dance with Your Partner" and "Vermeer '65" are being presented as two brand-new unreleased tracks from the Heaven sessions. Basically, a fancy way of saying "b-sides". It's apparent as the melodies on these numbers aren't fully realized and the lyrics never got the additional rewrite they needed (though I do appreciate the Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire bit). Luckily, Hamilton and crew know how to make even their throwaways sound impossibly serene, romantic and epic. The tunes won't win the group any new fans, but for those Walkmen devotees who are also vinyl collectors, the limited edition 7" these will come pressed on may be worth adding to your cart.