The Russian Wilds - Howlin Rain
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  • Record Label: Columbia
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Blues-Rock, Indie Rock, Neo-Psychedelia, Hard Rock
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Feb 23, 2012
    90
    This is pure, un-concentrated psychedelic boogie rock rooted in West Coast mysticism, Stax R&B and Memphis blues without pretext or pretense.
  2. 80
    The group manages to rise above many of their stereotypical, unoriginal contemporaries by featuring plenty of surprises and innovation (although there is still a very recognizable grounding throughout).
  3. Mar 14, 2012
    80
    Fabulous stuff all round. [Apr 2012, p.79]
  4. The Russian Wilds is hardly going to shock you to the core, but it's a more than able record by one of the most consistently strong groups in its genre.
  5. Feb 17, 2012
    64
    The Russian Wilds strives for timelessness, but sounds temporally adrift.
  6. Mar 12, 2012
    60
    They ape the cons as well as the pros of 70s rock: longer-than-necessary songs, a weakness for cliche and, inevitably, unabashed retroism.
  7. Mar 21, 2012
    30
    We get big-budget bloat, lifeless lines, and none of the warmth or reality that would cause any label to take interest in the first place.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Apr 26, 2012
    7
    Although the vocals of Ethan Miller gives the album "The Russian Wilds" rock character, despite the presence of classical compositions such as: "Self Made Man", much more melodic "Dark Side" or the ballad "Can not Satisfy Me now "- the album is also influenced by blues , as can be seen even in a subdued "Walking Through Stone". Howlin' Rain on the album serves us also jazzy "... Still Walking, Still Stone" and a nod to the compositions that are simple essence of classic rock ("College"). Expand