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Album Review: Howling Bells – ‘The Loudest Engine’

Third album from Juanita Stein's gang

Album Review: Howling Bells – ‘The Loudest Engine’

Album Info

  • Release Date: September 12, 2011
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • Fact: The band supported Coldplay in 2009
2 / 10 It took Sydney natives [a]Howling Bells[/a] three years to follow their 2006 debut, a record that blew dust from retro rock and fitted right into the times. Maybe it was easier before pop reintroduced itself as the new rock’n’roll, but anyone hoping for a [a]Howling Bells[/a] comeback that vital should look elsewhere. If 2009’s ‘[b]Radio Wars[/b]’ was patchy, ‘[b]The Loudest Engine[/b]’ is thoroughly passé. Juanita Stein’s vocal – once as hot as her – is lost in reverb and bad lyrics, and the clichés are coated a stadium finish about as interesting as magnolia. In what might be a last hurrah, ‘[b]The Loudest Engine[/b]’ punches for psychedelia and falls flat in a puddle of MOR. Hazel Sheffield

Watch the video for Howling Bells' ‘[b]Into The Sky[/b]’ below.

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