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The Latest Album Reviews – New Music from Nadine Shah, Dead Cross & Other Faves!

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SHARK SANDWICH – Fast Album Reviews for Those on the Go

August 25, 2017 – Vol. 51

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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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Dead Cross – Dead Cross

I missed this one a few weeks ago, and shame on me because Dead Cross is the hardcore project of Faith No More’s Mike Patton, Dave Lombardo from Slayer, and dudes from Retox and the Locust. Their debut album is fast, brutal, dark, chaotic, theatric, and 100% thrilling. It’s not for everyone, but if you appreciate the sound of end times screaming through your speakers, then revel in this explosive assault.

Do you need to see a video of Dead Cross performing an, er, updated version of “Nazi Punks Fuck Off” with Jello Biafra on vocals? Why, yes, yes you do.

Rating: 5 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “Shillelagh”

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Filthy Friends – Invitation

Filthy Friends is more than the sum of its parts, even if its parts are pretty damned impressive: Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney, Peter Buck of REM, Kurt Block of the Fastbacks, Young Fresh Fellows’ Scott McCaughey, and Bill Rieflin of King Crimson. Is this 2017’s Traveling Wilburys? Possibly, but don’t spend too much time on it because Filthy Friends play a jagged, jangly pop that catapults the listener into a place of hope and eternal youth. This is no small feat, and frankly a godsend in these tumultuous times. Listen and be glad, friends, and lean into the well-crafted propulsive sound and message of Filthy Friends.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “Any Kind of Crowd”

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Nadine Shah – Holiday Destination

Nadine Shah’s UK-by-way-of-Pakistan-and-Norway artistry is just that: swirling art pop reminiscent of Nick Cave and Siouxsie Sioux on their best days. There isn’t a moment on Holiday Destination that is anything short of exciting, percussive, and positively seductive. Nadine Shah burrows into your subconscious and kills you softly, but surely, over the album’s ten tracks. To go for the easy, but apt, joke, Holiday Destination is a trip worth taking.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “2016”

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Ghostpoet – Dark Days + Canapes

Do you remember where you were when you first heard Tricky’s Maxinquaye? I’ll bet Ghostpoet does, and if you think that is a criticism then you do not understand a lot of things. Dark Days + Canapes is quite simply a twilight masterpiece. It is a doorway into a collective fever dream, one that we all have to see to the end yet we keep waking up, starting over again and again. The music is there on the fringes circling your brain, while Ghostpoet’s vocals worm their way up your spinal cord to your brain tying you to something else, greater.

Rating: 5 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “Immigrant Boogie”

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Thee Oh Sees – Orc

Ripping out of your speakers on the first track, Thee Oh Sees cauterizes your eardrums out with a spastic noise that is surprisingly serrated and out of control. The band reins in the guitar temper tantrums in a bit, trading them in for a largely focused attack that is sustained until Thee Oh Sees go full weird, into Flaming Lips territory. It is interesting to hear a band rock so weird. Play this at your next rock and roll dungeons and dragons party, and watch the reactions of all the (other) nerds.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “Animated Violence”

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All artists are available on iTunesAmazonGooglePlay, 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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Lead-In Image – Composite

  • Album and sleeve – Courtesy of  imagefactory / Shutterstock.com
  • Main album cover – Courtesy of Blablo101 / Shutterstock.com
  • Album collage – Dead Cross – Ipecac Records, Filthy Friends – Kill Rock Stars, Nadine Shah – Pias America, Ghostpoet – Pias America, and Thee Oh Sees – Castleface.