10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Rock-a-billy? Perhaps. However, do not be fooled by a singular sampling. This album might be compared to fine bourbon in that it just gets better with time. Upon one's first listen, the sentiment might be that of a sound which is too country or too "rockish". Again, it should be said that what initially appears to be the case is certainly not with regard to Buckle in the Bible Belt. That is, what seems to be a variation of other country rockers currently on the market is actually a solid album with tremendous depth topped off by some of the most stunning vocals imaginable. Beyond that, it should also be said that this reviewer was actually a little disappointed after purchasing and then listening to this particular album, yet was later quite surprised to find something fundamentally enjoyable about the overall sound after a second chance had been granted. It is just good music and it is hoped that others will give it a shot.
on May 5, 2009
I feel like I should have reviewed this sooner, as there are only three reviews, but I not big in the reviews game. I first say these guys live at the SoCo Fest in Madison last summer, and just last Friday saw them at The Frequency. They were very different venues, but they were able to play to both well. What I liked about last Friday's show, other than the fact that they headlined rather than opened, was that they were very cordial. While cordiality is not necessarily a trait looked for in a rock 'n' roll band, it was great to be able to talk to people who I looked up to so much. A staple of their live show is a cover of "Black Betty," and they opened up their repetoire to include a mandolin and trombone, both used very well on a very original cover of Tom Petty's "You Don't Know How It Feels."
As per the album, it holds up from start to finish. The first three songs showcase their style very well--similar to Kings of Leon musically but with their own twist and not derivative. Song four slows things down a bit, with the lead guitarist taking over vocals, and may be my favorite song. Song five, as discussed in other reviews, is a cover of the English folk song that Led Zeppelin covered as "Gallow's Pole." While the album version is good, it really comes into its own when you can see the four members harmonizing live. "Caney Mountain" and "This Is Not a Cure For the Common Cold" both stand up to most anything else in Ozark Rock, and the album is finished strong with the last three songs. New album out in just over a month, and you can buy the vinyl single with "Twelve Inch, Three Speed, Oscillating Fan," a cover of another Ozark rock band, on the B-side at their shows.
on March 29, 2008
and that's a good thing. I bought this album for the silliest of reasons: I've been to Ha Ha Tonka State Park in Missouri (an interesting place). Before sitting down to listen, I'm wondering if they sound like the Ozark Mountain Daredevils or Wilco? The answer is neither. Ha Ha Tonka stands on their own. Their truncated a capella cover of Led Zeppelin's Gallows Pole, called Hangman, put shivers up my neck.
I bet that I listen to Buckle many, many times. I hope they come to St. Louis soon.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 28, 2012
I love Ha Ha Tonka. I don't know how i first discovered them. But they had the sound that i was craving at that time. Growing up taking family vacations to Missouri and the Lake of The Ozarks, these songs take me back. I dont know why, i dont know how. But i feel like i am on the lake late at night watchin' the lights flicker on the water. It's not wrong, it's right. Makes me feel gooood.