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Death of a Decade

Ha Ha TonkaAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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"At once gritty and delicate, owing as much to Paul Simon as Big Star; shaped by the sound of gospel as much as garage rock." --WNYC

"Southern rock meets The Cure." --My Old Kentucky Blog

"No American rock band has a better vocal blend." --Columbia Daily Tribune

"This is a beautiful record." --Electronic Musician

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  • Audio CD (April 5, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bloodshot Records
  • ASIN: B004LRZ3Y6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,847 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Usual Suspects
2. Westward Bound
3. Made Example of
4. Jesusita
5. Lonely Fortunes
6. Hide It Well
7. Dead Man'S Hand
8. Problem Solver
9. Death of a Decade
10. No Great Harm
11. The Humorist

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Death of a Decade is the culmination of ten years of hard work for this Ozark quartet. They wowed us with their 2007 debut Buckle in the Bible Belt, matured on 2009's Novel Sounds of the Nouveau South, and without a doubt, take their stand as one of the best young bands in the US on this, their third LP. As with Ha Ha Tonka's previous releases, the boys manage to marry authentic Southern songs with modern edges on Death of a Decade, all without ever coming across as gimmicky.


The Missouri quartet is not only authentically scruffy, it tears at the heart of American roots music with every chord like Mumford only pretends to, and its new record, Death of a Decade, basically oozes passion for the craft... --Washington Post

In Usual Suspects, the opening track from Death of a Decade, the Missouri band Ha Ha Tonka busts out of the gates like classic Replacements on an Ozark bender. Premised on a killer riff, a great beat and singer Brian Roberts' throaty roar, Ha Ha Tonka may have created the catchiest mandolin-driven rock song since Losing My Religion. --NPR's Song of the Day

Death of a Decade finds them playing with greater strength and confidence than ever before. It's had to imagine how long Ha Ha Tonka can continue to grow on each album, considering how good they've become, but if you're looking for music that's smart, ambitious, literate, and fun at the same time, Death of a Decade could well be your introduction to your new favorite band.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recipe for Death of a Decade April 16, 2011
Format:MP3 Music
Recipe for _Death of a Decade_:

1 part Old 97's
1 part Alison Krauss
1 part Akron/Family
1 part Arcade Fire
dash of Ozark Mountain Daredevils

Combine all ingredients in blender. Mix well. Allow to settle one week in historic upstate New York barn. Distill to 100 proof. Present to Bloodshot Records for release.

Sounds like a strange concoction for sure, but the result is a stunningly visionary work that proves what I've been saying for years: that Ha Ha Tonka is THE band to watch on the Americana music scene and will be for a long time to come. The group has undergone a total sonic transformation over the span of their relatively brief collaboration, yet they remain true to their Ozark roots. The result is a sound like nothing you've ever heard before and a dish that will serve the musical tastes of an ever-growing legion of fans.

It all started with the rechristening of the band and the release of their seminal work _Buckle in the Bible Belt_ in 2006-7. The album, a high-energy mix of rock and country drawing alternately from traditional folklore and contemporary experience, still stands as the penultimate work in the entire genre, behind only Lucinda Williams' masterpiece _Car Wheels on a Gravel Road_. Yet for all of its brilliance--much resting on the shoulders of lead singer and budding master lyricist Brian Roberts--the album was still a fairly conventional alt country offering, heavy on the alt.

The group stepped up their game creatively with 2009's _Novel Sounds of the Nouveau South_.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album April 4, 2011
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Ha Ha Tonka continue to define their distinctive sound in this album. They've got a great sound, and they never stray from their Ozark roots. I like their sound because it's driving and upbeat when you want it to be, but they also can scale it back and have more thoughtful, deliberate moments. I think they have shown noticeable improvements since their previous album, Novel Sounds of the Nouveau South, which I'd also recommend. The vocals blend well with the overall sound of the band, and I never feel like one instrument is overpowering/standing out (unless on purpose!). They play well as a unit, and I enjoy the harmonies and rhythms they explore in their songs.

They are a blast to watch live, too!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best of the Midwest! April 4, 2011
By Joe
Format:MP3 Music
For a long time, I've known my friend, Lennon, was the drummer for a band called Ha Ha Tonka. I've had the pleasure of watching them become more and more popular and well-known over the last couple of years. Still, I'm a metalhead, and as talented as they are, their music has never been my style. That is still true, but with this album, their pure talent and skill has overcome my bias for Metal. That isn't easy! If they can do that for me, then anyone can and will love this album! I'm rockin' out it as I type this. Big congrats, Lennon, Luke and the guys! You really killed it. There are those who make it in the bigtime, then there are those who earn a place there, regardless of whether they get it. Ha Ha Tonka is definitely the latter!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Actually, this album is great April 4, 2011
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Idk what that " Be Real" person is talking about, because he obviously has no ears or is some kind of music snob who thinks highly of himself.. either way it doesnt matter because Ha Ha Tonka's Death of a Decade IS truly remarkable. The recording sounds authentic,lush, and vibrant and the vocals cut through and truly will put a tear in your eye if you so welcome them. Hard working, beyond great live, and worthy of their success, Ha Ha Tonka are the next big thing and this album is a 5 star album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique, Rootsie, Rip-roaring Album April 5, 2011
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This album is going to be one of my favorites of 2011. I've already had a good 10+ listens and I could easily listen to it again and again from start to finish without skipping a single song. Death of a Decade manages to make a modern sound infused in folk, bluegrass, and country. I've loved the use of the mandolin on this album. A really great touch that ties them back to their Ozark roots. The production of the album was done really well. They managed to make it simplistic at the same time having so much going on. Harmonies, clapping, build ups. Everything just sounds perfect. There is a great mix of songs too. Fast paced foot stomping ones, slower paced gang vocal ones and some that manage to pull it all off in one track. If you have half a brain you'll by this album and if you ever get a chance this band is a must see live. Here are my favorites from the album with a line from each song: Made Example Of, "If you don't change where you're going you're gonna end up right where you're headed." Lonely Fortunes, "We are never gonna have much. Myself I take such as a compliment. We can blame it on the circumstances. Oh at least we took the chances we had to." Hide It Well, "Nobody acts like they care to much. You hide it well." Problem Solver, "I had a little momentary lapse of self awareness. She could care less. Yeah, I got problems that I'm working out. I know enough that I don't know myself yet." The Humorist, "Ain't it entertaining, isn't it appealing, the thought of something's always much better than the feeling."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great album with a refreshing sound to it
A great album with a refreshing sound to it. Hearkens back to Buckle in the Bible belt in some ways. Get it!
Published 3 months ago by Nate
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Alt.everything
This is a's alt.everything if you wanna put it in a box ,this ones first , then Buckle..Lessons is wandering ..don't have sounds of nouveau yet !
Published 4 months ago by Kent
5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy!!
Americana and Indie-Rock at it's best! Beautiful emotion wrenching harmonies that emphasize the passion, hardships, majesty, and spirit of the Midwest. Read more
Published 14 months ago by jlicklider
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful album
Ordered the vinyl. I've listened to it a plenty. It's such a wonderful album full of a good variety of songs. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Wilbee
5.0 out of 5 stars Good band
Our daughter loved this CD full of great songs from this band. She was familiar with it & gave me the exact I know she liked it!
Published 22 months ago by Sharon K. DeWitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Music that takes me home
Death of Decade is a solid album all the way through. I'd heard the band name all of the time in the Springfield, MO area but had never taken the time to listen to the music. Read more
Published on December 13, 2011 by SpringVegas
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible talent on display! A solid 4.5 star album.
I wasn't familiar with Ha Ha Tonka prior to Death of a Decade, but this album sure has grabbed my attention. Read more
Published on October 19, 2011 by Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Great Well Rounded Music
As a new fan this is the first album i have owned by ha ha tonka and it freaking rocks... it is very refreshing to find albums that you can listen to straight through from start to... Read more
Published on April 25, 2011 by jay
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Junior Release
Ha Ha Tonka just keeps getting better and better. Not only their live shows - the first time I saw them they were good, the second they were excellent - but the albums as well. Read more
Published on April 23, 2011 by Pokey
5.0 out of 5 stars KUDOS!
Kudos to Ha Ha Tonka for this wonderful recording. The music here is welcoming and warm, full of simple charm, great vocals and harmony, and excellent instrumental support, much... Read more
Published on April 22, 2011 by Feivel
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