Radio Wars/Paradiso

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Howling Bells toured heavily in support of their self-titled debut, playing international shows alongside heavyweights like Coldplay, Snow Patrol, and the Killers. Released three years later, Radio Wars finds the group polishing its mix of country-noir and alternative pop
ock, a sound that now owes far more to the latter category. If 2006's Howling Bells was the fictional soundtrack to a gloomy art house film, then Radio Wars is its big-budget sequel, a collection of minor-key anthems and Technicolor melodies that are both stylish and cinematic. Howling Bells are ready for their close-up, having traded in the grayscale cover art of their...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Howling Bells toured heavily in support of their self-titled debut, playing international shows alongside heavyweights like Coldplay, Snow Patrol, and the Killers. Released three years later, Radio Wars finds the group polishing its mix of country-noir and alternative pop
ock, a sound that now owes far more to the latter category. If 2006's Howling Bells was the fictional soundtrack to a gloomy art house film, then Radio Wars is its big-budget sequel, a collection of minor-key anthems and Technicolor melodies that are both stylish and cinematic. Howling Bells are ready for their close-up, having traded in the grayscale cover art of their first album for a foursome of brightly colored headshots, and this sophomore effort expands the band's sound appropriately. Violin, viola, cello, and trumpet add color to selected tracks, while guitarist Joel Stein alternates between angular slashes and shoegazing swells, evoking urban skylines one minute and hazy, open-ended soundscapes the next. As before, the true focus remains on vocalist Juanita Stein, whose croon is responsible for the sexy undercurrents running beneath all ten tracks. On the album's final two songs -- the minimalist, insistent "How Long" and a hidden track named "To L.A." -- she sounds both alluring and dangerous, pitching her vocals atop industrial percussion and keyboards like an indie rock siren. Radio Wars demands its listeners heed that siren song, and it's truthfully hard to resist. [Radio Wars was also released in a two-disc version including a seven-track disc entitled Paradiso.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/12/2009
  • Label: Ais
  • EAN: 5060006357121
  • Catalog Number: 635712
  • Sales rank: 318,008

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Treasure Hunt (2:44)
  2. 2 Cities Burning Down (4:12)
  3. 3 It Ain't You (3:17)
  4. 4 Nightingale (4:07)
  5. 5 Let's Be Kids (3:54)
  6. 6 Ms. Bell's Song/Radio Wars Theme (5:27)
  7. 7 Golden Web (3:22)
  8. 8 Into the Chaos (3:14)
  9. 9 Digital Hearts (3:35)
  10. 10 How Long (9:53)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Setting Sun (4:36)
  2. 2 Wishing Stone (3:53)
  3. 3 Cities Burning Down (4:46)
  4. 4 Treasure Hunt (3:07)
  5. 5 Nightingale (4:24)
  6. 6 Into the Chaos (3:26)
  7. 7 Radio Wars Theme (3:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Howling Bells Primary Artist
Sonia Slany Violin
Bruce White Viola
Everton Nelson Violin
Warren Zielinski Violin
Frances Dewar Violin
Ben Edwards Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Technical Credits
Sally Herbert String Arrangements, Brass Arrangment
Peter Stein Composer
Matt Lawrence Engineer
Dan Grech-Marguerat Producer
Paul Grady Engineer
Howling Bells Composer
John C.F. Davis Mastering
Mark Aaron James Artwork
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