The Walkmen - "We Can't Be Beat"

The latest song to emerge from the Walkmen’s upcoming Heaven is the downtempo, penultimate “We Can’t Be Beat,” a track that puts Hamilton Leithauser up front (and Fleet Fox Robin Pecknold on backing vox) with minimal accompanying instrumentation. Leithauser then leads the song into a rousing, joyous jangle of a climax. Stream it below.

Heaven is out 5/29 on Fat Possum. Read a recent Progress Report with the Walkmen here. Other songs we’ve heard from Heaven: “Heaven,” “Heartbreaker” and “Southern Heart.”

Comments (19)
  1. Michael_  |   Posted on May 8th, 2012 +7

    Look at that disgusting beautiful family up to match this disgustingly beautiful track…

    • Michael_  |   Posted on May 8th, 2012 +2

      Oh man, I was totally going to make a joke saying “I like the part when Fleet Foxes comes in at the end,” because I got serious FF vibes from that sound. Turns out, it’s no joking matter…

      just released “We Can’t Be Beat”, opening track from new record (w/ Robin Pecknold doing doo-wap). check it out here: thewalkmen.com/preorder— The Walkmen (@TheWalkmen) May 8, 2012

    • Michael_  |   Posted on May 8th, 2012 +3

      Oh man, I was totally going to make a joke saying “I like the part when Fleet Foxes comes in at the end,” because I got serious FF vibes from that sound. Turns out, it’s no joking matter…

      just released “We Can’t Be Beat”, opening track from new record (w/ Robin Pecknold doing doo-wap).— The Walkmen (@TheWalkmen) May 8, 2012

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  3. hamiltons got the best voice in rocknroll and I DONT CARE WHO KNOWS IT

  4. Not feeling Pecknold’s vocals here. They’re unmistakeable, and feel like an intrusion. I’m looking forward to this album, though, “Heaven” definitely being the most promising track so far.

  5. Does anyone else hear Pecknold’s influence on Hamilton’s melody? Especially in the last part of the song. It’s so cool these guys worked together.

  6. Surely even my naysaying friends who only like The Walkmen’s ‘faster’ tracks can’t deny the beauty in this.

  7. Despite how big of a claim they are making, this song makes me believe that maybe they genuinely can’t be beat.

  8. Pecknold brings something positive to the table, maybe the album will be more uplifting.

    Usually I can only listen to the Walkmen from like october-december….his voice is too sad for the summer.

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