Album: Howling Bells, Radio Wars, (Independiente)
Sunday 08 February 2009
The second Howling Bells album is a bigger, brasher beast than the Sydney quartet's debut.
That isn't to say 'Radio Wars' is about brute noise. Every decibel is deployed with precision. Juanita Stein's beguiling vocals are backed by a sound which alternates between shoegaze and Spector-ish jingle-jangle. When they bring the two strands together on "Let's Be Kids Again", it occurs that this might be the album that elevates Howling Bells from a band you wouldn't switch off to one that you'd actively seek out.
Pick of the album: Ring the school bells: 'Let's Be Kids Again'
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