SHARK SANDWICH – ALBUM REVIEWS, APRIL 16, 2016, Vol. 6
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PJ Harvey – The Hope Six Demolition Project
By turns, THSDP is immediate, dreamy, confrontational, and bathed in skronky saxophone. Who are we kidding? Polly Jean is critic –proof as far as I am concerned. Everything she does is magic. From the insistent rock of “Community of Hope” to the metallic argument of “The Ministry of Defence,” and everything in between, she means it.
Rating: 4 out of 5 whistles
Best Song: “Chain of Keys”/”The Wheel” (tie)
Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
Sturgill Simpson has been making waves since 2013, but he really hits the high seas on A Sailor’s Guide to Earth. He did a cool trick in between his last album and this one: he turned into a soul singer. Strings, organ, horns drive the album along with Simpson’s drawl, and the result is simply amazing.
Rating: 5 out of 5 whistles
Best Song: “Welcome to Earth (Pollywog)”
Blaqk Audio – Material
Channeling Pet Shop Boys, Erasure, etc., Blaqk Audio will be putting feet on the dance floor with Material. It’s dance music for people who don’t like dance music. Material is frosty cool, and best served through some quality headphones.
Rating: 3 out of 5 whistles
Best Song: “Anointed”
The Coathangers – Nosebleed Weekend
Atlanta’s Coathangers deliver a rock and roll roundhouse kick to the throat of the beginning of 2016’s second quarter. The album is a badass sneer, and when the fight breaks out, you are going to want these women on your side.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 whistles
Best Song: “Make it Right”
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