ESPN Music: Peter Bauer

After more than a decade together, leading up to the release of their seventh studio album, "Heaven," on May 29, The Walkmen found a little time to reflect.

The band recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of its first album, "Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me is Gone," by playing the older material during a series of shows.

"We ended up playing these Bruce Springsteen-length shows -- three-hour things -- which was very different for us," said Pete Bauer, a multi-instrumentalist who plays bass and organ.

"Heaven" continues that theme of longevity for the band, Bauer said.

"We've just gone around the bend so many times. We're very aware that not a lot of rock 'n' roll bands end up making that many records that end up being what they want them to be," Bauer said. "I think that we're very proud that we've kind of figured out a new way to do it every time. This one just feels a lot grander and bigger than the previous ones."

Critics, such as Stereogum, have agreed, calling "Heaven" the band's best album yet and naming it No. 2 on its running list of the best albums of the year.

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