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Shark Sandwich, Vol. 12 – Speedy Album Reviews for Those on the Go

SHARK SANDWICH – ALBUM REVIEWS, JUNE 17, 2016, Vol. 12

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Shark Sandwich, Vol. 12 – 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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Margaret Glaspy – Emotions and Math

“I’ve got to get out of this tree, off of this limb. I’m a woman acting like a kid.” We’ve all been there, Margaret Glaspy. Relationships make us do strange things: they make kids act the way they think adults act, and make adults act the way we know kids act. Either way, it can be downright embarrassing in hindsight. This NYC songwriter has the idea down pat, and her ruminations on the subject are raw, wrapped in rock and roll. This album is already in heavy rotation at the sumptuous NewsWhistle offices.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “Emotions and Math”

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Swans – The Glowing Man

Oh Swans, it’s 2016, and you are the cause of the summertime blues! There is nothing remotely catchy, bubbly, or sunny about The Glowing Man, and thank the stars for it. It’s all dissonance, 25-minute dirges, and the sun going dark. Swans are certainly not for everyone, but for rock and roll fans with patience and a sense of adventure, they are a band worth checking out.

Rating: 3 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “The Glowing Man”

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Søren Juul – This Moment

 

Maybe a [very] distant cousin to Swans, Søren Juul paints in similarly muted colors, rhythms, and imagery. It skips the noise, however, and swaps in icy Scandinavian pop. Perfect for a long drive along the fjords, or a midnight driftwood fire on the beach, This Moment is soaring, crystalline, and evocative. It’s there for you when you need it, but it’s not ever going to get all up in your business.

Rating: 3 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “Don’t Want to Fool You”

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Mitski – Puberty 2

Opening with the ringing, “Happy,” Mitski came out of left field for this reviewer. Mitski comes from Japan by way of Democratic Republic of Congo, and wins the internet on the basis of the album title alone. She is at her best when she is exploring the edges of American indie such as on “My Body’s Made of Crushed Little Stars” and “A Loving Feeling.” There is a heaping helping of PJ Harvey at work here, too. Crank this one.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “Dan the Dancer”

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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 Yann Hubert / 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).