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Shark Sandwich Album Reviews – toyGuitar – Angel Olsen – And Other New Music

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SHARK SANDWICH – Fast Album Reviews for Those on the Go

September 2, 2016 – Vol. 21 

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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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toyGuitar – Move Like A Ghost

Opening with a blast of guitars and an otherworldly scream, Move Like A Ghost by toyGuitar is, according to their own bio: “like describing the color orange or the taste of peppermint – it is at once familiar, but unlike anything else.” Congratulations, you have done my job for me. Sometimes you just wanna rock out, cats, and toyGuitar delivers the goods. Put it on, turn it up, and pass the word that toyGuitar will not be silenced.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “Move Like A Ghost”

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Angel Olsen – My Woman

The dreamy opener, “Intern” belies the directness of the first half of Angel Olsen’s latest album. There is some real fire on side A, along the lines of PJ Harvey at her most direct. The second half doesn’t have quite the same drive. I would have sequenced the album a little differently, but who gives a shit about what I would have done? When Angel Olsen is on, she is on.

Rating: 3 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: ”Not Gonna Kill You”

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The Wedding Present – Going, Going…

Oh sweet fancy Moses, what a kick in the teeth are The Wedding Present. The band has been around forever, in some form or another, and they certainly know when to move it along and when to just slink it all out for what feels like an eternity. Going, Going… is all slow-burn gloom pop that knows how and when to explode in your face. It takes until track five, “Two Bridges,” before it becomes clear that means to rock and roll on this album. This is twenty tracks that take you on a rock and roller coaster as only a veteran band like this could pull off.

Rating: 4 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “Ten Sleep”

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Beach Baby – No Mind No Money

Beach Baby never met a song that couldn’t use more chorus pedal on the guitars. This isn’t a slam, really. It really roots them in the post punk 80s, and frankly, I am pretty sure that’s a compliment. It’s kind of the point, right? They deliver the sound with such abandon and verve, you might think you are listening to Echo & the Bunnymen or Psychedelic Furs, which again, I think is the point.

Rating: 3 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “UR”

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All artists are available on iTunes, Amazon, GooglePlay, 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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