Heart-Shaped Mountain

Heart-Shaped Mountain

by Ha Ha TonkaHa Ha Tonka

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Overview

"Heart-Shaped Mountain is our love album," Ha Ha Tonka declare in the liner notes to their fifth long-player. And sure enough, a spin of the album reveals a lot of these songs deal with relationships in one way or another. That's not to say that this is the Ha Ha Tonka makeout album you've been dreaming of, or that these ten songs are full of cheery celebrations of the joy of romance. Ha Ha Tonka have never shied away from writing about the tough nuts and bolts of life, and they approach love with a clear-eyed wisdom on Heart-Shaped Mountain that's in line with their best work. From the bid to walk away from the modern world in "Favor" and the lovely anxieties of "Height of My Fears" to the multiple life lessons of "Everything," these songs are literate but full of heart and soul, the work of a group whose members are ambitious while still having their feet firmly planted in the real world. Musically, Heart-Shaped Mountain sounds a bit less rootsy than Ha Ha Tonka did on their earlier albums, but if they've absorbed more pop influences, they've integrated them well. The group harmonies are splendid, the performances are tight and thoughtful, the arrangements are polished by imaginative touches, and the production (by Jason McEntire and Dan Molad in tandem with the band) is clean but rich, capturing passion and precision in equal measure. Heart-Shaped Mountain is a love album in the way love is part of a well-lived life, and Ha Ha Tonka know how to take the ups and downs of a typical existence and make them into something honest and special. They continue to show that rare talent here and, ten years into their recording career, that's something they can point to with pride.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/10/2017
Label: Bloodshot Records
UPC: 0744302024622
catalogNumber: 246
Rank: 73249

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ha Ha Tonka   Primary Artist
Brian Roberts   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Lucas Long   Bass,Harp,Vocals,Group Member
Brett Anderson   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Group Member
James Cleare   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Mike Reilly   Drums,Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Steven Lewis   Artwork,Layout
Asa Everett   Composer
Mary Slade   Composer
Jason McEntire   Producer,Engineer
Dan Molad   Producer
Ha Ha Tonka   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Saul Gray   Artwork,Layout

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