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Howling Bells


Fourth record from the gloomy, country-tinged indie act from Sydney led by Juanita Stein

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  1. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Confident song structures, accomplished, fearless vocals and beautifully put-together instrumentation
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  2. 8.0 |   music OMH

    We’ve been waiting eight years for them to confirm that their debut album was no one-off. Now, we know that’s not the case
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  3. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Loud, but never knowingly jarring
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  4. 8.0 |   The Digital Fix

    Never ones to shy away from guitars, here they rock harder, faster and louder
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  5. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    The many highlights on Heartstrings suggest that the band are back on track with a bang, reminding us all of the captivating, sultry qualities that they can generate musically
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  6. 7.0 |   The 405

    Heartstrings may be a rather trippy journey, but be assured, you are at all times with a capably lucid and extremely thoughtful driver
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  7. 7.0 |   NME

    Howling Bells aren't back to their best, but they're within touching distance
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  8. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Ten concise songs picked clean of fluff and with their sugar content much reduced. Print edition only

  9. 6.8 |   Earbuddy

    For all of its roided-up power, Heartstrings also engages on an emotional level
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  10. 6.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Whilst Heartstrings is unlikely to break new ground in the way they have before, it’s a return to brooding form from a band many thought had rung out
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  11. 6.0 |   Q

    Heartstrings lacks the killer song that would bring Howling Bells the success they crave. Print edition only

  12. 6.0 |   Mojo

    A further refining of Oz quartet’s gothic pop tumult. Print edition only

  13. 6.0 |   The Music

    Howling Bells have forged a musical path that lies somewhere between the anthems of The Jezabels (Your Love) and the angst of PINS and Savages (Original Sin)
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  14. 6.0 |   DIY

    For an album that spends much time contemplating the journey the real pay-off may come next time, at what just could possibly be the destination
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  15. 4.0 |   The Skinny

    It's all perfectly pleasant, but pleasant just isn't enough to demand repeated listening
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