My review of the new Ha Ha Tonka album, “Novel Sounds of the Nouveau South” was posted to Popdose this morning:
Some really good music has come to us from the mountains so far this year. First, from New York’s Adirondacks, we had the Felice Brothers with their brilliant Yonder Is the Clock. Now, from the Ozark Mountains of Missouri, Ha Ha Tonka have returned with their sophomore album for Chicago’s Bloodshot Records, Novel Sounds of the Nouveau South. While they have chosen to emphasize electric guitars more on this album as compared to their first (2007’s Buckle in the Bible Belt), there are musical similarities between the two bands, the most notable of which is that both bands have the intriguing habit of setting very dark tales to music that doesn’t always seem to match the lyrical mood. Somehow it all works.CD Review: Ha Ha Tonka, “Novel Sounds of the Nouveau South” | Popdose, Jun 2009
You should read the whole article.