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Last War

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  • Audio CD (29 Sep 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Memphis Industries
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,489 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Kill The Fun
2. No Sensitive Man
3. Last War
4. Heaven's Made For Two
5. Bad Reputation
6. From A Cage
7. Woke Up In My Future
8. Can't Believe Our Luck
9. Eat For Free

Product Description

Haley Bonar releases her debut UK album ‘Last War’, a nine track collection as relentlessly catchy on the surface as it is alluringly complex underneath.

Haley Bonar was first discovered by Low’s Alan Sparhawk who spotted her at a local open mic club in Duluth, Minnesota and was so impressed he immediately invited her to join them on tour. Which is how, a week later, nineteen year old Haley Bonar, was transformed from college student to ambitious dropout, crammed into a Honda Civic with a guitar and a drummer for company, touring the US opening for Low.

But there is more to this story. In the decade since Haley has released a succession of recordings, each of which have garnered more praise the last, and has seen her collaborate with the likes of Andrew Bird (with whom Haley occasionally plays live) and Justin Vernon (who features on the new album). That’s not to mention the company she keeps in a rotating cast of premium band members including Jeremy Hanson (Tapes ‘n Tapes), Luke Anderson (Rogue Valley), Jeremy Ylvisaker (Andrew Bird, Alpha Consumer) and Mike Lewis (Bon Iver, Alpha Consumer). Now, with her new album ‘Last War’ Haley looks set to find a wider audience.

Much of the joy of Bonar’s songwriting is in the tension between her sparkling melodic sensibility and her deeply ambivalent lyrics. Album opener ‘Kill the Fun’ positively crackles with traces of the Bangles and the Cure at their most pop, as Bonar chronicles her travels with a lover, taking some moments to reveal the nature of the relationship: "You'll be here till morning / You will get back on the plane / Go back to work / where you never knew my name." On ‘No Sensitive Man’ (which features the most Clem Burke drums outside of a Blondie record), she claims "I don't want no sensitive man / I don't want to talk."

On Last War, the complexities hit as hard as the hooks, a smart, careful balance achieved through equal doses of mystery and charm.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nigel Nicholls on 19 Oct 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Just got into Haley Bonar and this is the first cd I have. Really like this and have had it on my cd player constantly since I got it.
I really like the overall sound of the cd and she has some good songs. Recommended.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicola on 4 Oct 2014
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Liked this CD. Good vocals sung to rock/folk music.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I was hoping for more... 1 Jun 2014
By SLS - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
I'm a big fan of Haley. (I don't know why "Lure The Fox" was never released on vinyl)? If it was, I'd own it. I want to start with my progression in listening to her lps.

"Big Star" ... this is by a good measure, still my favorite Haley lp. The sonics are exceptional, the stripped down, intimate songs are her strong suit.
"Golder" .... I warmed up to this one eventually. The sonics were not up to "Big Star's" standards but still her personal songs and intimate feel, won the day. ( The vinyl pressing was noisy compared to "Big Star", the colored vinyl doesn't do anything for me.)
"Last War" ... immediately, I notice the (way) over produced sound. Talking about a "wall of sound"! It's SO heavy on production, her voice is almost lost in the mix! I'm all for an artist stretching out but here she gets lost in the production. Compare every song on side 1 to the very last song on side 1, "From A Cage". You finally get to hear Haley's voice come through the mix. (The white vinyl is surprisingly quiet.) Side two seems to lose some of the over produced sound, still I feel it's too much. "Bad Reputation".. I could easily see this song on "Big Star", but here it's still somewhat over produced. Then we get to "Eat For Free", the other vocals are nice but the way they are mixed into the soundstage is not natural. Why can't it be the 3 vocalists right there, in front of the microphone without the mixing gymnastics? Side two is much more enjoyable, more of what I thought I should get from Haley's latest lp. Haley's (voice, songwriting) are her strong suits. These two things should always come through!


Production.... 1 star
Sonics............2.5 stars
Content..........4 stars
Artist...............5 strars
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