Howl - JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound
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  • Summary: Produced by Howard Bilerman, the third full-length release for the Chicago R&B/soul band introduces rock and pop sounds.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
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  1. Whereas 2011's Want More felt uneven, Howl is dynamic, controlled and with few, if any holes.
  2. Jul 18, 2013
    80
    The middle lags a bit, but that’s forgotten when ninth song Cold brings the breakup album home with simple piano and Brooks’s wounded singing.
  3. Dec 6, 2013
    80
    Articulate, emotional and primed for the dancefloor. [Jan 2014, p.71]
  4. 70
    There’s a sense listening to Howl that its creation might have stung a bit, but in the end, the band’s pain proves to be the listener’s pleasure.
  5. May 24, 2013
    62
    It appears that by shaking off the mantle of “indie-soul revivalists,” Brooks and his band may have also shaken off the element of excitement that made them worth listening to.
  6. May 24, 2013
    60
    While Howl falls squarely into a no man's land between soul and pop, Brooks's smooth style ultimately proves refreshing.
  7. Oct 16, 2013
    40
    There's a Prince influence, but little real passion. [Nov 2013, p.94]

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