shark sandwich 42

We Review New Albums by Rancid, Big Thief, and more!

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SHARK SANDWICH – Fast Album Reviews for Those on the Go

June 9, 2017 – Vol. 42

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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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Rancid – Trouble Maker

Rancid’s 2017 sound is as immediate as ever, and the band remains indestructible. Trouble Maker is a 19 track boot to the face, and we’ve all earned it. Have you noticed how messed up the world is? Rancid is going to be around as long as the world is unfair, on fire, or otherwise fucked up, and thank goodness for that. Trouble Maker has all the hardcore, ska, and rock and roll pop smarts that we have come to expect from these veteran punks, and again, thank goodness for that.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “Telegraph Avenue”

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Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie – Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie

Fleetwood Mac is sort of the gift that keeps on giving. You’ve got your Fleetwood Mac itself, Stevie Nicks, and now Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie have teamed up for a first-ever duo album that is bursting at the seams with pop hooks and memorable vocal interplay. If you are jonesing for new FM, this self-titled album should scratch that itch. It is tender, tough, and always a boogie-able soundtrack to this summer made by two rock and roll survivors.

Rating: 4 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “Red Song”

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Big Thief – Capacity

Brooklyn by way of Minneapolis indie poppers, Big Thief, are kicking off summer 2017 on a downcast note with Capacity. Sometimes it rains a hard rain in June, and the fireworks of July make way for the humid press of August. Capacity is all of those things. This is a beach album for those who want to be alone, looking at the sea, but not touching it– a good solo drinking album.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “Watering”

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The Secret Sisters – You Don’t Own Me Anymore

The Secret Sisters’ take on American gothic folk music come across as genuine and utterly effortless on the Brandi Carlile-produced You Don’t Own Me Anymore. Steeped in the mud and dust of Alabama, this duo is carrying on the front-porch traditions that became country music. Appealing to, really, anyone with an appreciation of American folk traditions, and how they inform modern music, You Don’t Own Me Anymore should be tearing up turntables from Muscle Shoals to the Canadian Yukon, and SoCal to Tokyo. Light some candles, pour the whiskey, and let the Secret Sisters soundtrack your late nights this summer.

Rating: 4 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “King Cotton”

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Chuck Berry – CHUCK

Cross yourself, and pour a little on the ground. Rock and roll’s dad may be gone, but Mr. Berry left us with CHUCK, his last studio album, and in the making since 1979. Do you love rock and roll, do you understand where it came from? No matter his personal failures, the man invented an art form, and that counts for a lot. CHUCK gives us plenty of Berry’s signature guitar flourishes, plenty of blues, and holy shit, Johnny gets a sequel in “Lady B. Goode”!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “Eyes of Man”

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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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Lead-In Image – Composite

  • Album and sleeve – Courtesy of  imagefactory / Shutterstock.com
  • Main album cover – Courtesy of Blablo101 / Shutterstock.com
  • Album collage – Chuck Berry – Dualtone Music; Buckingham/McVie – Rhino Records; Rancid – Epitaph Records; Secret Sisters – New West Records; and Big Thief – Saddle Creek Records.