Howlin' - Jagwar Ma
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. 90
    It’s a tightrope across a canyon down which many a pie-eyed baggy daredevil has fallen. Jagwar Ma make it look effortless.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Aug 28, 2013
    6
    Wow these guys are the new darlings of the music reviewers! I am yet to see a negative review. I agree with VIMTV this album feels like a compilation rather than a cohesive album. But there is still enough on here to give you an idea of where they're coming from, but not perhaps where they're going to. An often catchy debut for sure, but how will they follow this up? If the answer is with more of the same, then you can keep moving. Catchy, subtle, 90s-esque & rather likeable. This album kind of fizzles out towards the end. Full Review »
  2. Sep 14, 2013
    8
    This album impressed me, the music is massively influenced by both Madchester and Psychedelia, but the result is unique enough and modern enough to be a sound that is definitely their own. We could do with this band becoming a big deal. Full Review »
  3. Aug 20, 2013
    8
    Jagwar Ma hail from Australia, thus we expect their music to be eclectic by nature. Their debut record Howlin didn’t let us down; this thing is crawling with styles and genres ranging decades all culminated in one, concise, polished package. This is clearly a pop album; the dance beats and poppy vocal hooks cement that fact. However, the beats, samples, and guitar and bass instrumentation have a unique authenticity to them which sets this album apart from its peers. Howlin is far from perfect; there are several tracks that are simply not as good as the stronger tracks, and it feels more like a compilation than a true record. We were still pleasantly surprised with this debut and will gladly come back to this album in the future. Full Review »