The Way The Wind Blows - A Hawk and a Hacksaw
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  • Summary: This is the third Hawk album for former Neutral Milk Hotel drummer Jeremy Barnes. Like previous efforts, it has an Eastern European flavor, although unlike previous efforts, it also includes contributions from Beirut's Zach Condon.
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  1. And though the album sags a little towards the end, with a few shorter instrumental numbers, it’s still an invigorating journey, a caravan of cavorting musicians, careening through the countryside, stopping only to play festivals and funerals.
  2. Barnes' accordion playing has grown leaps and bounds since Noon.
  3. A curious, klezmer-infested charm.
  4. If you liked Beirut, you’ll love this.
  5. The potency of AHAAH's genres of choice are both the album’s difficulty and strength; if you aren’t partial to Balkan brass, klezmer or mariachi, abandon all hope of sticking this one out.
  6. This is his best yet. [#15]

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  1. Gifthorse
    Nov 5, 2006
    I don't rate music very often, but this album is genius. The compositions have a timeless folk quality that would lend themselves to a wide variety of occasions, helped by the wide variety of acoustic instruments that they are played with. You can imagine hearing this music at weddings, funerals, wherever human emotion is at the forefront of proceedings. Expand
  2. leiris
    Nov 26, 2006
    Pretty good stuff here. Even more enjoyable than his previous two.