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  • Summary: Produced by Chris Heidman, the second full-length release for the Minneapolis rock band is its first with new drummer Rory MacMurdo.
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  1. May 7, 2014
    80
    On the second album by Minneapolis four-piece Howler, an energy level worthy of forebears the Replacements, Soul Asylum and even, in places, Husker Du is dialed up, making such tracks as the thrumming/thrashy “Indictment” and the hardcore-tilting “Drip” buzz around the listener’s head like so many hornets.
  2. 80
    Tearing through its 10 songs in a shade under 28 minutes, World Of Joy sounds like a band straining themselves to top a personal best. Happily, they’ve managed it.
  3. Mar 25, 2014
    75
    Half of the tracks on World Of Joy don’t even crack three minutes. It certainly validates the album’s garage-punk ethos, but at the same time, it barely gives Howler enough time to prove itself on its second album.
  4. Mar 21, 2014
    60
    Things unravel with the folky fuzz of closer Aphorismic Wasteland Blues, but for a band whose charm is enjoyably slack'n'sleazy that's kind if the point. [Apr 2014, p.112]
  5. Mar 24, 2014
    60
    To put it in an alcoholic analogy; their sound may be like a fine wine, maturing as it gets older. But they’re sure as hell not going to hesitate in sprinting to the nearest wood and necking the whole damn bottle.
  6. Mar 21, 2014
    60
    No prizes for adventurism, but bracingly fat-free, with attitude in spades. [Apr 2014, p.77]
  7. Mar 24, 2014
    50
    World Of Joy, ultimately, is impounded by its own musical influences.

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