Hour of the Dawn

La Sera - Hour of the Dawn
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2014 Ratings: #502 / 964
User Score
Based on 37 ratings
May 13, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Hardly Art / Label
Indie Pop / Genres
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Hour of the Dawn is great garage pop, some of the best being made in 2014, and is the best La Sera album yet.

The Line of Best Fit

It’s light years ahead of anything Goodman turned out with Vivian Girls; she’ll never be the world’s most original songwriter, but the opportunity to let both her vocals and her guitar breathe is one that’s already paying dividends.

Consequence of Sound

Hour of the Dawn is a relentlessly happy record, which makes it hard not to enjoy, and with her deft song-crafting, Goodman proves that not all good art has to come from pain.

The 405

Like the rest of her discography, Hour of the Dawn a short and sweet collection of music for and from the heart, only this time around it's played right from the guts.


While both of Goodman’s releases under the La Sera moniker showcased her vocals, neither took full advantage of her rock ‘n’ roll chops. Hour of the Dawn manages to give equal playing time to both.


An album that could be sad based on the lyric sheet is stuffed with delirious fret runs, muscular drum fills, sunny guitars soaked with reverb.

Under The Radar

Hour of the Dawn may not be La Sera reinventing the wheel, or even pushing it anywhere new, but it's a wonderfully likeable summer soundtrack with more depth than your average surf-pop release. 


Goodman remains a sharp and confident songwriter, and buried underneath the noise there's still plenty of charm here, but dialing back all the bluster would have gone a long way.


It still delivers a lot of what you'd probably expect from her: a series of garage pop tracks with a hefty debt to 1960s girl-bands, but there's a little less whimsy and a bit more punch than earlier attempts. More punk-pop than pop-punk. 

Katy Goodman's frenzy - though restrained - pop manages to be sunny and sad at the same time leaving a bittersweet taste.
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Track List

  1. Losing to the Dark
  2. Summer of Love
  3. Running Wild
  4. Fall in Place
  5. All My Love is For You
  6. Hour of the Dawn
  7. Kiss This Town Away
  8. Control
  9. 10 Headed Goat Wizard
  10.  Storm's End
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Added on: February 20, 2014