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Hey, Jet Setter – New Album Reviews For Descendents, NAO, Bouncing Souls and more!

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SHARK SANDWICH – Fast Album Reviews for Those on the Go

July 29, 2016 – Vol. 16 

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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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Descendants – Hypercaffium Spazzinate

So the Descendants are back in action… If you like your pop loud, fast, funny, and heartfelt, you should already be a fan of this band. They rip out of the gate with the screamer, “Feel This”, and basically keep the foot on the gas pedal all the way through to the end. It’s been a hell of a long time since singer Milo went to college, and they may be older, grayer, but goddammit if they don’t sound vital on tracks like “Comeback Kid”.

Rating: 4 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “Comeback Kid”

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NAO – For All We Know

On the opening (full) track, “Get to Know Ya”, London’s Nao immediately reminds these ears of Prince (moment of silence, please), but it isn’t as simple as that. I guess anyone who trades in icy cool electro funk is going to draw comparisons to His Royal Badness. Peel through the layers of R & B, there is a talented singer and songwriter there. She wants you to listen closely, and you should. For All We Know is the sound of the smaller, cooler party that split off from the original one that was already pretty cool.

Rating: 3 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “Give Me A Little”

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Death Spells – Nothing Above, Nothing Below

When a band opens with the lines, “my love and my hate for you are infinite”, you know you are in for something… something. Digital hardcore duo, Death Spells, deliver the nihilistic goods, homes. Sometimes you gotta let the Skinny Puppy out, and Nothing Above, Nothing Below scratches that itch. Industrial, electronic, bombastic, screamy rock and roll to scare the piss out of your neighbors. Give in to Death Spells, or resist and be destroyed.

Rating: 3 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “Hell All-American”

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Bouncing Souls – Simplicity

Bouncing Souls’ latest is honestly named, and that isn’t a criticism. Simplicity is the album, but it also describes sound of the band’s meat and potatoes rock and roll. No one is reinventing the wheel here, but that’s not really necessary. Do you want an album that will make you pump your fist in the air, and maybe kick over the garbage can in your cubicle? Put Simplicity on, and you will remember when you had fewer responsibilities and more disposable income.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “Rebel Song”

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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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