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Death of a Decade

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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.

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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. --Allmusic.com
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  • Audio CD (April 5, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bloodshot Records
  • ASIN: B004LRZ3Y6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,633 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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It's not often that I hear one song from a band, and feel compelled to look up everything they've ever done, but that's what happened with Ha Ha Tonka. Beautiful harmonies, thoughtful lyrics, and the music is fresh and rockin, a little bit country, and little bit rock-n-roll.
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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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