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  • Vinyl (16 Jan. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Music On Vinyl
  • ASIN: B0061DRJFY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 518,786 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Charlatan
2. Into the sky
3. The Wilderness
4. Secrets
5. Don't run
6. The Faith
7. Live on
8. The Loudest Engine
9. Gold suns, White guns
10. Sioux
11. Baby Blue
12. Invisible
13. Arrows (acoustic version)

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180 grams audiophile vinyl / Including full colour insert / Includes 1 bonus track

About the Artist

'The Loudest Engine' is the third studio album of London-based Australian indie rock band Howling Bells. The album originally came out in September 2010. The band wrote most of the material whilst on the road supporting Coldplay during the Viva la Vida Tour. At a previous tour they supported The Killers which eventually led to Killers bass player Mark Stoermer producing this album, being his first experience as a record producer. The album was recorded in The Killers' Battle Born Studios in Las Vegas. 'The Loudest Engine' is a modern psychedelic record with folk and rock influences and its sound is often compared to bands like Mazzy Star and The Velvet Underground.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mdollerer on 26 Oct. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Howling Bells has been my favorite aussie band for years. Now they got a little competition from bands like Tame Impala or Deep Sea Arcade, but the fact is: I will always have their debut album as one of my favorite records. The main reason for this is because they were different, their songs could take you to a different, odd-somehow-confortable place. Their songs were great and not very much of alike to the current scene back in 2006. It was good, different.
The second album came and I've learnt recently, for my surprise, that people didn't like it and it was kind of a let down. I didn't share that opinion at the time, and I liked the songs (most of them). But today is clear for me that I, myself did not enjoyed it too much, specially if you consider how many times I have listened to it compared to the first album. I even forgot to "wait for the next album"...
But then 2011 arrive and they get back with this wonderful piece! I absolutely loved it. It reminds me of their debut, different places, peculiar moods, delicious vocals... but there are new elements to this too. Now they are living in London for a while so it had influenced them, their songs are a mix of desert landscapes with some cosmopolitan clouds on it.
All the 12 songs are great, and if this was a vinyl, I'd say the side B is my favorite. And if there is any flaw with the album is that some of the songs could be longer... yes, longer.
Do yourself a favor and BUY this record NOW! And if anyone in the band read this, PLEASE come to Brazil!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Whyte on 1 Nov. 2011
Format: Audio CD
I'd ignore the BBC reviewer above as he is way off here.
Yes their first album was really rather exceptional (after I got over my initial flashback to aspects of Throwing Muses) and I must admit i was less taken with the second but this third effort is cracking.
It has charm, humour and lovely guitar work. There is also a certain amount of freedom to explore and Juanita Stein's voice is really rather blossoming with great self harmonisation and slanted delivery which draws in your ear. A couple of tracks see some near duet delivery with i assume) her brother guitarist - very slight shades of The Magic Numbers pop feel to these.
Overall, much of their original stealth and singular energy has been alloyed with greater musicianship and elegance. I'd be very keen to hear much of this live as their debut at latitude was a fantastic sunset experience.
For the unfamiliar, Into The Sun is a great launching point with near absurd squealing guitars and great percussive gusto.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fatman on 8 Jan. 2012
Format: Audio CD
This is a surprisingly good album. That it is to say, I'm always surprised at how good the album is when I listen to it, but also how little I think to listen to it. Maybe it is because there are no outstanding tracks, like Setting Sun from the first album. Or I bought The Duke Spirit's Bruiser at the same time which is similar but better. However, if you enjoyed the first album I think that you'll like this as it is different enough without being too different - less folky and more rocky. If you are new to Howling Bells I would buy the first album first, though. Best track is Don't Run.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C.L.H on 21 Sept. 2011
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When comparing the Howling Bells of the present day to their original form, Waikiki, it is clear to me that they have developed a great deal. They have always been talented and have managed to retain their own distinct sound, but with this album, the Howling Bells have demonstrated that, as a group, they have matured nicely.

They have always been good - I'll admit that I was initially skeptical as to whether an album of the quality of their previous release, Radio Wars, could be surpassed - however, The Loudest Engine simply blew me away. Juanita's vocals are enchanting, and the musical arrangements utterly transporting. The tracks fit together seamlessly, their lyrics drawing in the listener until it becomes one of those albums that you find yourself playing again and again.

This album is fantastic, and I am astonished by how naturally a band that was already so good have taken the next step towards becoming great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Dixon on 29 Jan. 2013
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Nothing will beat their debut for me, but I preferred this to Radio Wars, which had some horrible songs on it. This is a bit more consistent. Sioux, Into the Sky, and Baby Blue immediately stood out for me, and showed their trademark melodic and rythmic fluidity, mixing rock and hints of blues. The album is perhaps a bit impersonal though, aside from Don't Run and Secrets, both of which are not particularly strong. I didn't get the sense of anything overly personal, which would perhaps suit a band like this. Overall though I have some new favourites, and look forward to the next one.
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