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Shark Sandwich, Vol. 2 – Speedy Album Reviews For Those On The Go

SHARK SANDWICH – ALBUM REVIEWS, MARCH 18, 2016, Vol. 2

Let Spinal Tap be your guide! Sometimes all you need is a couple of sentences, or maybe only two words, to review a new album.

New music is being released every Friday, party people, and you have stuff to do. Give Shark Sandwich a minute or so, though, and you’ll be satiated and up-to-speed.

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Gwen Stefani – This Is What The Truth Feels Like

Stefani is feeling it all on her new album, but heartbreak (and how she’s dealing with it) is the core. It’s all wrapped in professional pop sheen and dance floor beats. Sometimes you might think you are listening to Taylor Swift, and I’ll leave it up to you as to whether this is a positive or a negative.

RATING: 2.5 out of 5 whistles

BEST SONG: Make Me Like You

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Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression

Iggy Pop simply does not age. I mean he’s got the lines on his face to prove his longevity, but his spirit is as youthful and restless as ever. Pop channels David Bowie from first to last on this album, and anyone who calls this a negative can get out. Just get out.

RATING: 3 out of 5 whistles

BEST SONG: American Valhalla

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Primal Scream – Chaosmosis

Primal Scream  make you want to party like it’s the 90s. They aren’t breaking any new ground on Chaosmosis, but they don’t need to, do they? Wrap yourself in Primal Scream’s warm blankie, and forget that you might be the oldest cat in the club.

RATING: 4 out of 5 whistles

BEST SONG: Where the Light Gets In

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Grant-Lee Phillips – The Narrows

Singer/songwriter Grant-Lee Phillips returns with The Narrows: a richly pastoral album that smells of front porches, wet soil and soul damage. It’s as Americana as it gets, full of evocative imagery and spirited playing, The Narrows floats through your head like a late-August day from your childhood; real or imagined, it does not matter in the least.

RATING: 4 out of 5 whistles

BEST SONG: Rolling Pin

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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 Alexyz3d / 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).