Howlin
Jagwar Ma - Howlin
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2013 Ratings: #182 / 951
User Score
Based on 108 ratings
2013 Ratings: #86
June 10, 2013 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
NME

The best – and simplest – trick Jagwar Ma have pulled off is delivering an album with no rubbish on it.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Howlin is the kind of record designed for the live setting, as it’s just impossible to have the kind of party you’d need to fully appreciate it alone in your bedroom 

80
The 405

The duo find ways to keep things interesting even they're at their most straightforward, and it's this that makes Howlin such a fascinating album.

80
Drowned in Sound

The accomplished sonic collages of Howlin' finely balance Jagwar Ma's influences and in doing so transcends into something singularly thrilling and cohesive.

80
musicOMH

Howlin is an intoxicating first showing from a band with bags of potential and, although it loses its way somewhat towards the end, it is brimming with the confidence of a vastly more experienced band.

80
DIY

'Howlin' works impeccably as a whole. Equally uplifting and calming, it's the dancefloor via the beach. 

77
Pitchfork

It’s silly enough to cause skepticism and charming enough to make you wonder what kind of scrutiny Screamadelica or Thrills, Pills & Bellyaches would meet if they were released in 2013.

72
Beats Per Minute

The pastiche is overpowering at times, reminding you of too many acts plus one, but Jagwar Ma’s happy-go-lucky brashness is irresistible.

70
Under The Radar

Their debut album Howlin continues to burrow into the baggy aesthetic, delivering luminously lit melodies led by anagogic lyrical structures. 

70
Consequence of Sound

These inconsistencies  wind up making Howlin’ somewhat of a hit or miss affair. But the hits are so strong that you won’t mind trudging through a few missteps along the way. 

Dec 17, 2017
CheapandLethal
80
Good
Sep 30, 2016
MarkCooper
72
Pretty fun psychedelic album. Reminds me a lot of Primal Scream. It's obvious they were influenced by Tame Impala, another Australian band, who they opened for in 2013. If they were trying to take themselves seriously I would've been thrown off but the fact they're fine with wearing their influences on their sleeves makes me okay with it too.

Favorite Tracks: Exercise, Four, Backwards Berlin, Come Save Me
Jun 9, 2013
Robinsongray
80
The first time I listened to Jagwar Ma, I was at work listening to it on headphones, after about 3 song I switched albums, I just wasn't that into it. Then, while pre-funking last night I decided to throw it on again, and my oh my, what a change of events. This album is incredibly fun and interesting and will be an album I put on at other parties again and again this summer.
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Track List
  1. What Love
  2. Uncertainty
  3. The Throw
  4. That Loneliness
  5. Come Save Me
  6. Four
  7. Let Her Go 
  8. Man I Need
  9. Excercise
  10. Did You Have To
  11. Backwards Berlin


Added on: April 24, 2013