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Shark Sandwich, Vol. 13 – Speedy Album Reviews for Those on the Go

SHARK SANDWICH – ALBUM REVIEWS, JUNE 24, 2016, Vol. 13

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Shark Sandwich, Vol. 13 – 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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Hot Hot Heat – Hot Hot Heat

Hot Hot Heat’s 5th long player opens like heat radiating off of parched city pavement with “Kid Who Stays in the Picture”. Hot Hot Heat shimmers and shines, it shakes its way into your ears. The whirring keys, clangy percussion, and new wave guitars strike all the right notes, but starts to feel a little bit surface-y halfway through the album. It’s not a huge complaint, though, and Hot Hot Heat will certainly shorten your drive home from work. Windows down, natch.

Rating: 2.5 out 5 whistles

Best Song: “Kid Who Stays in the Picture”

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Marisa Anderson – Into the Light

Into the Light is a tough one to review. Marissa Anderson is definitely a storyteller without using any words. It’s all pedal and lap steel, and her electric guitar, leaving the listener to sing along making up the lyrics. It could be a negative to call an album “background music, but Into the Light is not just any album. This song cycle will complement whatever it is you are doing – unless you are moshing, as it will not add to that activity.

Rating: 3 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: Impossible to pick one. You must listen to the whole album.

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Rational Youth – Future Past Tense

It would be a mistake to snarkily (yes, that is an adverb whether you like it or not) write off Rational Youth as Joy Division or Depeche Mode knock offs. Rational Youth have been around for 36 years, and came up as contemporaries of those groups, and it so happens they have a perfectly titled E.P. out now. It is coldly propulsive with bubbles and blips in all the right places. You’ll be reaching for your eye liner before the fourth track.

Rating: 3 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “Prison of Flesh”

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Deerhoof – The Magic

They’ve been around for a while, but if you have never heard Deerhoof before it is best to go in cold. Don’t go on the interthingy to read about the noise, the melody, the abrasiveness. It’s all part of the recipe, folks, and if you just listen, it is an exhilarating, magical listening experience; probably the best the first time around. Deerhoof wins #sharksandwich this week!

Rating: 4 out 5 whistles

Best Song: “Learning to Apologize Effectively”

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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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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).

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