Radio Wars - Howling Bells
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  • Summary: The second album for the Australian indie-pop rock band was produced by Dan Grech-Marguerat.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 80
    For Radio Wars, producer Dan Grech-Marguerat has opened out their sound, but the atmosphere of intrigue remains. [Apr 2009, p.98]
  2. A gorgeous, swoonsome album that electrifies and stimulates in all the right places.
  3. Based solely on its musical sensibilities and lyricism one couldn’t say Radio Wars was a more mature effort than its predecessor. But given that it indicates its creators’ comfort in their being, it certainly sounds grown up.
  4. They hail from sunny Sydney, but this solid second set cements the Bells firmly in rock's melancholia tradition, echoing the Bunnymen and Tindersticks.
  5. All in all though, Radio Wars is disappointingly average; pleasant but fairly forgettable, and in contrast to its misleading title, should really have been named Radio Friendly instead.
  6. On their second album, Radio Wars, the Bells deliver billowy dream pop accented with atmospheric guitars, string arrangements and digitized beats.
  7. Musically, it's all mid-tempo indie-by-numbers, shimmery enough to accompany an scene of upbeat emotion in Dawson's Creek; yet sufficiently credible, as indie so often is, to provide the soundtrack to a montage of trailers in an advert for a new Film 4 season.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. davew
    Mar 10, 2009
    10
    A stunning second album that presses all the emotional buttons plenty hard enough to have a strong impact.
  2. HalT
    May 1, 2009
    10
    Spectacular follow-up to their debut album.
  3. jamesa
    May 10, 2009
    10
    F*cking stunning.... more people need to HEAR for themselves.
  4. FredR.
    Jul 28, 2009
    6
    Saw them open for Snow Patrol and Coldplay in Vancouver and they were excellent. This album is very disappointing compared to their live set. Saw them open for Snow Patrol and Coldplay in Vancouver and they were excellent. This album is very disappointing compared to their live set. The band rocks much harder and is edgier live. Expand
  5. ScottC
    Apr 27, 2009
    5
    Disappointing after such an impressive debut. The sound they defined on that first effort has gone missing and if it wasn't for Disappointing after such an impressive debut. The sound they defined on that first effort has gone missing and if it wasn't for 'Into The Chaos', which is a brilliant track, I'd rate this lower considering the standard they've set themselves. Expand
  6. AJTF
    Jul 29, 2009
    5
    There's already one Metric.
  7. Roberts
    Jul 30, 2009
    5
    Not half as good as their debut album. Adequate but forgettable.