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The Latest Album Reviews – Noah Gundersen, Hailey Reinhart, and more!

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SHARK SANDWICH – Fast Album Reviews for Those on the Go

September 22, 2017 – Vol. 55

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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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Chris Hillman – Bidin’ My Time

Folk-country-rock pioneer Chris Hillman is gently knocking on your door this week. The man helped invent folk rock in the Byrds, and country rock in the Flying Burrito Brothers, so you should let him in. If you ever listened to the Jayhawks, Tom Petty, Wilco, et al, you are hearing people who have always taken Hillman seriously. Bidin’ My Time is an elegant, wistful front porch of an album that begs you to clap your hands, or grab an instrument and join in. Americana like this doesn’t need anger, just nostalgia, grace, and ears to hear it.

Rating: 4 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “Given All I Can See”

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Chelsea Wolfe – Hiss Spun

Chelsea Wolfe is upon us with the soundtrack to the Salem Witch Trials. Hiss Spun is beautiful, scary, lurching, and dark as midnight six feet underground. There is certainly a Siouxsie Sioux/Concrete Blonde feel to the proceedings, as well as a Scandinavian doom metal vibration. Wolfe’s vocals are generally relaxed, smooth, breathy, and totally sneaky as they swim in and out of the noisy drone. Chelsea Wolfe definitely should have had a closing scene at the Bang Bang Bar/Roundhouse for the recent season three of Twin Peaks. Put on your eyeliner, drink the reddest of the red you can find, and hit the town at three A.M.

Rating: 4 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “The Culling”

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Noah Gundersen – White Noise

Big, open anthems abound on Noah Gundersen’s latest, White Noise, so much so that the title might be a little misleading, at least on the surface. Far from oppressive and claustrophobic fuzz, Gundersen’s music is largely buoyant, full of life, and nimble. It is a singer/songwriter kind of album, and while the lyrical subject matter can be deep the album is easy to listen to without being “easy listening.” It has crackling electric songs and acoustic driven ballads in equal measure. There is something for everyone on White Noise.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “Number One Hit of the Summer (Fade Out)”

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Haley Reinhart – What’s That Sound?

Haley Reinhart is a very 2000’s artist. American Idol competitor, actor, You Tube star, etc., but let’s not overlook the obvious. What’s That Sound? is just so damn much fun. Reinhart’s roots run deep (covers include the Box Tops, Jefferson Airplane, Nancy Sinatra, the Kinks, etc.), and whether covering or singing originals she knows how to swing the lead. Whether go-going through “These Boots Were Made for Walking” or jazzing up “Sunny Afternoon,” this is 2017’s cocktail party album.

Rating: 3 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “Let’s Start”

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Tricky – Ununiform

You can always count on Tricky to keep your interest from one end of an album to the other. He is a trip hop pioneer, and has never lost his sense of adventure. When he croaks out his lyrics over languid beats, you sit up and take notice. Play Tricky to the uninitiated, and see what happens. There is no predicting the reaction, but it will be interesting – that’s Tricky in a nutshell.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “New Stole” (feat. Francesca Belmonte)

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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 – Chris Hillman – New Rounder; Chelsea Wolfe – Sargent House; Haley Reinhart – Concord Records; Noah Gundersen – Cooking Vinyl; and Tricky – False Idols.