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New Album Reviews – Sinistro, Cupcakke, And More!

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SHARK SANDWICH – Fast Album Reviews for Those on the Go

January 5, 2018 – Vol. 61

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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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When We Land – Introvert’s Plight

Minneapolis’ When We Land debut their decidedly “springy” sound in the dead of winter, and that’s okay because… Minnesota. Introvert’s Plight is full of high-flying, confident vocals, airy atmospherics, sneaky guitars, and a bounce that is immediate and undeniable. “Take Me Back again” sounds like at least two or three 80s songs rolled into something new for 2018. Far from a criticism, there is a familiarity to When We Land that is a strength, and encourages repeated listening.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “Take Me Back Again”

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Sinistro – Sangue Cassia

Is this “rock”? Portugal’s Sinistro just dropped an album that may or may not be about the apocalypse. (Does anyone speak Portuguese?) This is one sexy album full of long, slow, loud dirges with doomed-out female vocals breathing a sort of life into the murk. It’s hard to pick a favorite on an album like Sangue Cassia, as the whole thing is one oppressive, humid trip into the unknown. With songs in the in the seven to eleven minute range, Sinistro pushes you into your chair and holds you there like a possibly malevolent ghost.

Rating: 4 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “Abismo”

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Profligate – Somewhere Else

Industrial-ish Profligate are in the business of buzzing like a wasp’s nest being slowly filled with liquid nitrogen, and pushing their listeners into corners. Somewhere Else is not a warm bath of an album. It feels a bit like walking into the wrong address in a really shady part of an unfamiliar city. The music crumbles around you in jagged chunks, but you end up leaning into the chaos due in no small part to the moments of relatively straight-forward song writing on tracks like “Lost a Little” and “Black Plate.”

Rating: 4 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “Enlist”

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Cupcakke – Ephorize

Audacious, frank, and explicit as hell, Cupcakke is here, to be feared, get used to it. Ephorize is an album that reclaims the real in ways that will be utterly outrageous to certain listeners. Whether rapping about depression, stretch marks, or eating ramen noodles to remain humble, Cupcakke is in your face, daring you to look away. Admittedly it’s a little long, but this album is powerful on lots of levels.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “Wisdom Teeth”

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Jeff Rosenstock – Post-

Rock and roll commando, Jeff Rosenstock, has been there and done it with his previous bands and donation-based record label. Post- is an indie sounding rock album that reminds you of Weezer at their best in a blender with the Minutemen. The best you can do is try to keep up, and rock out. There are days that call for music like this, and I do believe now is crying out for Post-. It may come after a lot, but maybe before even more.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “Melba”

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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

  • Album and sleeve – Courtesy of  imagefactory / Shutterstock.com
  • Main album cover – Courtesy of Blablo101 / Shutterstock.com
  • Album collage – When We Land – When We Land Music; Sinistro – Season of Mist; Profligate – Warf Cat Records; Cupcakke – Cupcakke Music; and Jeff Rosenstock – Polyvinyl Music