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Novel Sounds of the Nouveau South

Ha Ha Tonka

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Concise, catchy, and delightfully dense, Novel Sounds of the Nouveau South is a marvel. It’s not as loose and rollicking as Ha Ha Tonka’s stellar debut, Buckle In the Bible Belt, but that’s no complaint. This one still rocks, but there’s a depth and maturity here, while still retaining an exhilarating grittiness, that vaults it above their first release. Beautifully crafted and fully formed, it’s filled with powerful, driving music that satisfies on both a visceral and cerebral level. The liner notes say the album is based on a 1907 Southern novel. While that’s not exactly apparent, there is certainly a coherent, if oblique, theme of forgiveness, redemption, and coming to terms with the past contained within these literate lyrics, and it’s a fascinating listen from start to finish. The band is going for a contemplative snapshot-in-time feel and its members nail it. This concept is supported by great melodies, strong dynamics, impressive harmonies, and the arresting lead vocals of Brian Roberts who is truly outstanding. Self-assured and soulful, this is a must for fans of modern Southern rock.

Customer Reviews

WOW

They did it! No sophmore slump for Ha Ha Tonka. Novel Sounds is a much more mature album than Buckle! It is hard to find an album now days that you can listen to from beginning to end. Good job HHT. Keep it up.

Tremendous work

This is one of my favorite CD's right now. Brian has a beautiful voice - very soulful. And you can tell in the way the emotion of the songs shine through that a lot of care has been put into the details of writing and recording.

GREAT

This band does great music and the new CD is better then the first. BUY this CD

Biography

Formed: 2004 in Springfield, MO

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Indie rock band Ha Ha Tonka were formed in 2004 in Springfield, Missouri, by singer/guitarist Brian Roberts with Lucas Long (bass, vocals), Brett Anderson (keyboards, guitar, vocals), and Lennon Bone (drums, vocals). Initially, the name of the group was Amsterband. It was with this moniker that they released their debut CD, Beatchen, and began to tour extensively. In 2006, they followed with a second self-released album, Buckle in the Bible Belt. In May 2007, they signed to independent Chicago-based...
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