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Shark Sandwich, Vol. 11 – Speedy Album Reviews For Those on the Go

SHARK SANDWICH – ALBUM REVIEWS, JUNE 10, 2016, Vol. 11

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Shark Sandwich, Vol. 11 – Speedy Album Reviews for Those on the Go

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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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The Monkees – Good Times!

Apologies if I am reviewing this one late, but the source I use said it was released June 10th. You know what, though? Who gives a shit? It’s the goddamn Monkees, and they are recording some old songs, and new ones written by folks like Rivers Cuomo, Ben Gibbard, Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller, etc. If you like pop done right, there is nothing to fault here.

Rating: 4 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “Birth of An Accidental Hipster” (the title alone!)

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Peter Bjorn and John – Breakin’ Point

Peter Bjorn and John could only come from Sweden, making Abba and the American Swedish Institute proud. Timeless, pristine pop of the highest order.   Sweet enough that it should come with a dentist’s bill, PB&J (hey, look at that) take it to the warm, summer Scandinavian streets on Breakin’ Point. Not sure they will ever actually break, but they certainly have the chops to bend you to their musical will.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “Hard Sleep”

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Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle: Colvin & Earle

Two towering talents like Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle getting together for an album and tour sounds like a sure thing, and you know what? It is. It’s ramshackle, insistent, and perfectly in harmony. Their ragged cover of the Stones’ “Ruby Tuesday” is stellar. The whole album is a triumph for both artists.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “Raise the Dead”

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Garbage – Strange Little Birds

I didn’t know what to think as I listened to the opening track, “Sometimes.” It is sparse, off kilter, and, well, it didn’t rock. No worries, though. They do that breathy, sexy, slinky, and a kick to the crotch thing that Garbage basically patented back in the 90s all over Strange Little Birds. It is always good to have new Garbage to pick through.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “Blackout”

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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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Lead-In Image Courtesy of BabyBoom / Shutterstock.com

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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).