Midwestern rockers Ha-Ha Tonka have returned to Bloodshot Records for their sophomore effort, Novel Sounds Of The Nouveau South. With Harold Bell Wright’s 1907 novel The Shepherd of the Hills serving as the backdrop, Novel Sounds Of The Nouveau South doesn’t stray too far from the sound that the band established with Buckle in the Bible Belt. If anything, it’s more of a rock record than Buckle in the Bible Belt.
While Novel Sounds doesn’t contain any songs half as catchy as “St. Nick on the Fourth in a Fervor” from their debut, it is the opinion of this particular author that, as a whole, it’s a much stronger album. A nice step forward for these guys.
Check it out.