The Loudest Engine - Howling Bells
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  • Summary: The third album for the London-based, Australian indie rock quartet was produced by Mark Stoermer of The Killers.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Feb 10, 2012
    80
    Song for song, this is their finest to date. [Oct 2011, p.95]
  2. Feb 1, 2012
    70
    Honest, uncompromising, raw and restless, it's a rock album of some distinction.
  3. Feb 1, 2012
    60
    Despite the occasional lapse into MOR sludge, this is mostly the sound of a band back on form.
  4. Feb 15, 2012
    60
    The group struts through an early brace of crackling tunes.... Unfortunately though, the album's second half slips - bar the swirling psychedelia of Sioux - into more indistinguishable indie-rock territory. [Oct 2011, p.123]
  5. Feb 1, 2012
    50
    By trying to interpret a whole new landscape and atmosphere, Howling Bells have compromised their strengths in an awkward attempt to force themselves into a new style.
  6. The Loudest Engine punches for psychedelia and falls flat in a puddle of MOR.