Earth Junk - Howling Hex
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  • Summary: Neil Michael Hagerty's latest band releases its sixth album, which is only 33 minutes long.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 80
    This is a much more laid-back collection of strangely alien desert music written in Hagerty's adopted home state of New Mexico and recorded in Texas. [Oct 2008, p.92]
  2. A short and not a little peculiar gem of an album then and one that proves that on his day Hegarty is full of great ideas.
  3. Rather than strive for the idiocy of Pussy Galore, the grunt of Royal Trux or the swagger of Weird War, Hagerty is now content to occupy an entirely different ground. This alone ought to be enough to pique interest from followers of Hagerty’s career but despite, or perhaps because of, this there’s little on Earth Junk that will draw interest from new fans.
  4. It’s noisy, it’s incoherent at times, but above all it’s a joyous record that's totally Neil Hagerty: inaccessibly accessible.
  5. Hagerty's chords radiate like heat from hot concrete, forging shapes from the nothingness, like an audio mirage. So it goes for most of the album's 33 minutes.
  6. 70
    Hagerty’s Howling Hex, which plows the radically different but equally worked-over field of nerd-rock whimsy on Earth Junk, starts promisingly, with a spooky clutter of hooting keyboards and echo-soaked vocals.
  7. The occasional tune shines through, but ultimately too much of the material sounds like it's aimlessly ad-libbed. [Oct 2008, p.147]

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