shark sandwich 84 - album reviews

Album Reviews – Cherry Glazerr – The Specials – Le Butcherettes – and more!

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SHARK SANDWICH – Fast Album Reviews for Those on the Go

February 1, 2019 – Vol. 84

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Music reviews come in all sizes, but you’re busy and do not have time for flowery language… or sentences, really.

Spinal Tap gave the world the greatest album review of all time:

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Welcome to our “Shark Sandwich” — razor-sharp reviews that sum up an album in five sentences or less.

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Cherry Glazerr – Stuffed & Ready

I liked Cherry Glazerr back in 2017, and I like them as much or even more now. Slicker, slinkier, and a little goth-ier, the band owns winter 2019 with the smoldering Stuffed & Ready. Of course it rocks, but there is a flow present on this album that is welcome, and makes for a thoroughly enjoyable listening experience. It’s like Metric had a baby with REM’s Monster. If that makes sense to you, stuff it in your ear holes, and if not, well, what are you even doing here?

Rating: 4 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “Wasted Nun”

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The Specials – Encore

I hate to say it, but the Specials are, er, special (see what I did there?)… If you don’t know the history of this seminal British band, do yourself a solid and Google them up, but suffice it to say that the years and deaths in the band haven’t diluted the power of their music. Don’t believe me? Dial up “B.L.M.,” sit down, shut up, and listen. The bedrock of dancehall and ska may feel like a party, but listen to the message and dance with purpose.

Rating: 4 out 5 of whistles

Best Song: “B.L.M.”

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Le Butcherettes – bi/MENTAL

Insistent, aggressive, and in your face, Le Butcherettes is not here to mess around. This isn’t music for weenies. It is strong and uncompromising, and it doesn’t give two shits about what might make you uncomfortable. “Struggle/STRUGGLE” lurches around throwing punches, while moments like “strong/ENOUGH” luxuriates in atmospheric dance pop, but Le Butcherettes absolutely explode the garage completely with ”father/ELOHIM.”

Rating: 5 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “father/ELOHIM”

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Girlpool – What Chaos is Imaginary

Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad, AKA Girlpool, make music so dry it should be brittle, but it isn’t. Instead it is loose, pliable, and even lush in places like “Stale Device.” The duo isn’t afraid to stretch out and boogie 90s-style all over What Chaos is Imaginary. The vocals are slightly detached; the guitars ring out and wash over you like an indie wave. The question is: why are you reading this instead of listening to Girlpool?

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “Stale Device”

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Broods – Don’t Feed the Pop Monster

Another duo, Broods is comprised of brother and sister Georgia Josiena Nott and Caleb Allan Joseph Nott. New Zealand couldn’t hold this group back, as Broods have toured with Haim, Sam Smith, and Taylor Swift. This all fits as you listen to the awesomely titled Don’t Feed the Pop Monster, but there is more going on. The music is largely spare, giving the vocals room to spread their wings. They rev you up with “Sucker,” but by the time you get to “Dust” you understand that this is a team of singer/songwriter types making introspective music you ought to dance to.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “Dust”

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Within Temptation – Resist

Dutch symphonic metal vets, Within Temptation, want you to fight for your rights on Resist. It’s a battle cry, a mission statement, an order given from people who care for people who care. Full of sweeping vocals, chugging guitars, it impossible to not turn this album up. I challenge you to not pump your fist in the air to “Raise your Banner” and “Mad World.” If Within Temptation had only released “The Reckoning,” with its matador backbone, it would be enough to get heads banging again worldwide.

Rating: 4 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “The Reckoning”

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All artists are available on iTunesAmazonGooglePlay, and wherever else better music is sold, streamed, downloaded, or performed on tour.

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NewsWhistle music contributor Chad Werner is “ahead of the curve, behind the times.” You can contact this rock n’ roll sphinx at chad@newswhistle.com (e-mail) or @scooternotmoped (Twitter).

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Lead-In Image – Composite

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  • Main album cover – Courtesy of Blablo101 / Shutterstock.com
  • Album collage – Broods – Neon Gold/Atlantic Records; Girlpool – Ati/Epitaph Records
    Le Butcherettes – Rise Records; The Specials – Island Records; Within Temptation – Spinefarm Records; and Cherry Glazerr – Secretly Canadian.