Album: Hello Hawk
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Unlike Here’s Where The Strings Come In, the album where the strings actually came in for Superchunk was their final album of the 1990s, 1999’s Hello Hawk, which was produced by Jim O’Rourke, just before he got involved with the Sonic Youth story and the Wilco story.
Obviously, both a softening and thickening of a guitar band’s sound is going to happen eventually, but what I wasn’t prepared for was Hello Hawk to sport a song that ranks with my very favorite Superchunk songs: after the eternal “Mower” and the blast of “Slack Motherfucker,” I rate “Honey Bee” at the very highest of their songs, on the shortlist of Prettiest Songs Ever Recorded, Indie Rock Division.