Cervantine - A Hawk and a Hacksaw
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  • Summary: The indie rock duo, known for its Eastern European folk influences, introduces Spanish and Mexican touches on its first album on its own label.
  • Record Label: L.M. Dupli-Cation
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Folk
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Mar 16, 2011
    90
    Every note is considered and played with joy, care and a sense of craft. Together with the record's beautiful packaging, Cervantine feels like a personal historical document, speaking to and from the soul.
  2. Mar 16, 2011
    80
    It's an album of glorious madness and melody, played not only with skill, but with real passion.
  3. Mar 29, 2011
    80
    Several tunes put the talents of Bradford-based Hladowski siblings Chris and Stephanie to stunning effect on vocals and amplified bouzouki respectively. [Apr 2011, p.75]
  4. Mar 16, 2011
    78
    Though they'd likely be the first to tell you how much they still have to learn, Cervantine's ravishing exploration of sound is another step towards mastery.
  5. Mar 16, 2011
    70
    Barnes and Trost may be back home from their sojourn abroad, but their music is still out on the road somewhere.
  6. Mar 16, 2011
    60
    Ultimately, for all its globalized interest in mixing world cultures, Cervantine is about noodling, fooling around with different styles via extended jams, which the band at least has the good sense to spice that up with a worldly palette. Yet too often the songs seem drained of any feeling.