Hookworms - The Hum
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2014 Ratings: #88 / 845
User Score
Based on 62 ratings
2014 Ratings: #116
November 10, 2014 / Release Date
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Weird World / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
NME

There is no showboating or ostentatiousness on ‘The Hum’; it’s a different record to ‘Pearl Mystic’, but also a logical continuation and, in some ways, a companion piece.

90
Drowned in Sound

The Hum, whilst sounding very different, is very much a continuation of Pearl Mystic, and absolutely does not disappoint. 

90
The Line of Best Fit

The Hum is a shattering, all-encompassing experience; there's climactic rage, broken organs and blank-eyed trance outs. 

90
musicOMH

Whilst the debut got tongues wagging, the follow up is sure to get hearts pounding – a superb collection of tracks that points to a band that knows where it’s going.

85
Under The Radar

The songs have a widescreen, cinematic sound to them, but remain very much the band's own; they sound like hat-tips to the likes of U2 and Springsteen, drenched in reverb-laden guitars and obfuscated with selective distortion.

83
Pretty Much Amazing

Perhaps the most noticeable feature of The Hum is how complete it feels once it’s over. There are no wasted notes, no wasted time, and nothing but the impulse to listen again. True to their name, Hookworms are infectious – in the best way possible.

80
The Skinny

If their debut showcased a tendancy to shroud vocalist MJ’s deranged squeals in obfuscating reverb, this time he’s foregrounded, giving proceedings a cleaner focus – indeed, songs take precedence this time, rather than exercises in slowly-mounting tension and delirious release. 

80
DIY

By progressing onwards from the murk of their debut into a cleaner, snappier territory, Hookworms have managed to remain thoroughly the same band, without a hint of stagnation or water treading.  

80
AllMusic

The entire record is a small step forward from the sometimes unfocused sound of that first album, and really crystallizes the group's strong points in a way that's almost fun to listen to.

80
Slant Magazine

On The Hum, this delicate balancing act between abrasive aggression and unfettered tunefulness positions Hookworms as an uncompromising experimental act with festival-sized ambitions, capable of synthesizing disparate and often contradictory sounds into a cohesive and compelling whole.

80
Wondering Sound

One reason The Hum feels distinct from the surfeit of psychedelic music finding its way to ears in 2014 is because Hookworms understand the importance of a niche.

78
Pitchfork

The beauty of the band’s second album, The Hum, is how effortlessly they make the blitzkrieg and the bliss seem like complementary rather than conflicting ideals. 

70
No Ripcord

The measured economy of The Hum is a natural transition from the more dense Pearl Mystic, and the steady, workmanlike approach works to their advantage even if there’s few surprises.

70
PopMatters

This is top-notch psychedelic rock, in so many ways better than all those ancient bands and songs it’s built upon, but it’s presented in such a garbled way that the songs often lose their impact. Listen to them in isolation or divided by their styles and you can’t go wrong, but avoid listening to the album straight through.

74
Drawing inspiration from somewhere between The Velvet Underground and The Pixies, Hookworms's second release, The Hum, contains an eclectic collection of tunes that are sure to hit the listener right in the mouth. The album begins with the raucous "The Impasse" - highlighted by MJ's shrill caterwauling and an aggressive punk progression - before melting away into to the psychedelic daze of "On Leaving." The keyboard lick in "Radio Tokyo" is reminiscent of "I'm ... read more
DalekTurret32
95
The Impasse 98 (+)
On Leaving 94
iv {86}
Radio Tokyo 97
Beginners 97
v {88}
Off Screen 88
vi {82}
Retreat 97

{} = IGNORING, for now.

[95], or [92] if I counted the ratings of the interludes
BonoLightier
83
The songs flow into each other. Super cool vibe.
cwmDJ
62
indie rock album, a very similar album to their debut album but much less melodic, inaudible lyrics and pointless minutes of droning instrumentation, disappointing
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Track List

  1. The Impasse
  2. On Leaving
  3. iv
  4. Radio Tokyo
  5. Beginners
  6. v
  7. Off Screen
  8. vi
  9. Retreat
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