Ha, Ha, He.

Mourn - Ha, Ha, He.
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2016 Ratings: #315 / 762
User Score
Based on 40 ratings
2016 Ratings: #483
June 3, 2016 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
No Ripcord

Their tracks are short and their dose is concentrated, but their melodic flair and incisive, heavy sting are strong.

85
The 405
Considering the current musical landscape is mostly dominated by indie-pop, EDM, hip-hop and R&B, it begs the age old question as to whether or not "guitar music" is at all relevant in 2016. Tempting as it is to point to an album like this as proof, you might be hard-pressed to find a better argument.
80
The Line of Best Fit
Mourn is clearly a band developing at a rapid pace while continuing to play with an ability, set of musical touchpoints and a belly full of fire that belies their youth.
80
Drowned in Sound
The whole album is a gorgeously rich experience that knows just when to hold its tension and when to release, when to swell and when to ebb.
80
AllMusic

If this album is slightly less thrilling than Mourn, it's also more consistent, reflecting the mix of discovery and growth most people experience as they leave their teens. On Ha, Ha, He., Mourn do a little of the former, and a lot of the latter.

75
Consequence of Sound
As with most people their age, Mourn are rapidly evolving and yet fueled by a fervent core of its own insistently unique voice. Also like most teenagers, there are some growing pains in the conflict between those two halves.
67
A.V. Club
The record adds drops of depth and drama to the recipe, but the band hasn’t quite cooked up its signature dish yet.
60
The Skinny
Short and snappy it may be – its 12 tracks are done and dusted within half an hour – yet the band still manage to cultivate dramatic intent amidst the jangly guitars and posturing hooks.
60
DIY
'Ha, Ha, He.’ frequently hints at the makings of something truly spectacular – ‘Howard and ‘Second Sage’ give plenty of reason to rave with excitement – but it often lacks the absolute finishing touches.
60
Pitchfork

The sonics are familiar, as is the trajectory. Ha, Ha, He joins the recent ranks of Yuck’s Glow & Behold and Eagulls’ Ullages, sophomore albums from similarly promising indie rock bands that didn’t build on their canonical indie rock influences or look towards other genres for inspiration. They simply dug a little bit deeper in the crates and made slight peripheral shifts.

guileffb
59
This album is not bad. You should give it a listen.

There are some really nice songs in it. 'Evil Dead', 'Gertrudis, Get Through This!', 'SecondSage' and 'Storyteller' are the highlights.

But in the end Ha,Ha, He feels like a complete mess. The production seems empty and most of the songs feel lifeless. You may feel like dancing while listening to one or two songs, but you'll eventually get bored.

Like I said, it's not bad. It won't furstrate you enough to make you stop the record. But it ... read more
lerkenfeldt
71
Mourn know what they want, they want to make short, hard hitting, guitar driven songs, and on ‘Ha, Ha, He’ they don’t disappoint. The length of the album (less than 30 minutes) meant that I had to give it a couple of listens before it really got under my skin. Because unlike their self titled debut, ‘Ha, Ha, He.’ Is not just straightforward punk, it’s a more diverse, complex and therefore ultimately a more satisfying listen.

Mourn aren’t quite there ... read more
sourcherry24
90
There's a clear steer/change in sound but still energetic and enough dashes of youthful spunk.
pstaggs
55
A sophomore slump if there ever was one. The energetic band that put out 2014’s Mourn* seems to be falling asleep on most of this record. The music is passable post-punk, but it never tries to surpass that. But, ultimately, the crucial element that this record is missing that their debut DID have is strong songwriting. Everything here just tends to blend together. The only exceptions seem to be the chaotic “Storyteller” and the strong, vibrant album closer, “Fry ... read more
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Track List

  1. Flee
  2. Evil Dead
  3. Brother Brother
  4. Howard
  5. The Unexpected
  6. Storyteller
  7. Gertrudis, Get Through This!
  8. President Bullshit
  9. I Am a Chicken
  10. Second Sage
  11. Irrational Friend
  12. Fry Me
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