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Shark Sandwich, Vol. 5 – Speedy Album Reviews For Those On The Go

SHARK SANDWICH – ALBUM REVIEWS, APRIL 8, 2016, Vol. 5

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 three sentences or less.

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Save the Clocktower – Taboo

Somewhere in between Soft Bulletin-era Flaming Lips and Big Data sits Save the Clocktower. It’s dreamy, hypnotic, and you realize that this is the sort of e.p. you make in your brain while driving alone in the middle of the night. Let this gauzy Chicago band take the wheel instead.

Rating: 4 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “Twenty One”

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M83 – Junk 

M83 will mess with you. With me, anyway, because this is a damn hard album to review. Junk is perfect music for cooking, I am finding today. M83 sounds like all of your conversations taking place in a French manga… or Tron. I have no idea what is going on, but I am pretty sure I am ok with it.

Rating: 3 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “Bibi the Dog (Feat. Mai Lan)” 

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Peter Wolf – A Cure for Loneliness

You know Peter Wolf. Oh, yes you do, even if don’t think so. He is the man behind the J. Giels Band (“Freeze Frame” “Centerfold”) and has been living and breathing music longer than you have been alive. He throws everything from New Orleans to Appalachia into the stew on A Cure for Loneliness. You’ve been missing Mr. Wolf. Let him back into your life. There’s no need to be lonely.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “How Do You Know”

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Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals – Call It What It Is

It sounds like Ben Harper is channeling his inner Warren Zevon on the opener, “When Sex Was Dirty,” which is very good thing, but it doesn’t take long for the professional provocateur to “Call It What It Is.” Harper has always been an interesting artist, mixing Caribbean rhythms, guitar rock, singer/songwriter tendencies, and whatever else feels right. Call It What It Is will hold your attention, short attention-span nation.

Rating: 4 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “Call It What It Is”

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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 Titima Ongkantong / 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).