The main thing that these Melt mini-reviews have taught me is that a day is not long enough to understand an album! At least, it’s not long enough for me. I don’t know how music critics manage it – surely they can’t give a whole week to each album they review! Anyway, here goes my one-day review, although I reserve the right to change my opinion on this any number of times in the near future.
Howlin by Jagwar Ma is an eclectic album with lots of nice moments. Jagwar Ma are not quite up to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros standards, but this album brings other bands quite strongly to mind at many points. However, unlike the Magnetic Zeros, the references are fresh throughout. Whether channeling the Beatles on Come and Save Me, or Nine Inch Nails on Exercise, Jagwar Ma’s sound retains its modern psychedelic aura.