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We Review New Albums by Wavves, Snoop Dogg, and more!

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SHARK SANDWICH – Fast Album Reviews for Those on the Go

May 19, 2017 – Vol. 39

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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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Wavves – You’re Welcome

San Diego no-fi scuzz rock outfit Wavves is back with You’re Welcome for your listening pleasure. Laid back, slightly detached vocals surf over blown out guitars and spastic rhythms on this engaging rock and roll record. It sounds like the Beach Boys if they grew up on a steady diet of Guided By Voices, cutting class, and ditch weed. This is a compliment. You’re Welcome isn’t reinventing the wheel or curing cancer, but it will make your drive to the beach a lot more thrilling.

Rating: 3 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “No Shade”

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Pokey LaFarge – Manic Revelations

Kitchen sink musician with a funny name, Pokey LaFarge grabs you by the front of your shirt right away with Manic Revelations. Not aggressively, but lovingly, he gets your attention, and try though you might you cannot get away. His stew of swing, R & B, folk, country, and old timey rock and roll is thoroughly believable, and should get your hips swinging. Have a little fun today!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “Wellington”

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Land of Talk – Life After Youth

The riffs are unadorned but infectious, and the honeyed vocals sink into the bittersweet sentiment of Land of Talk’s Life After Youth. You’ll find yourself leaning into the swirl. It’s okay, it’s understandable. You aren’t powerless to resist Life After Youth. You just have good taste in music, and know that you ought to pay attention.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “World Made”

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Snoop Dogg – Neva Left

The first 20 seconds of Snoop’s new one, Neva Left, tell you all you need to know: “Dogg, what up man? Word on the street is you ain’t what you used to be.” To which, Snoop responds, “I gang bang to the fullest,” and you’re in it. The flow everyone fell in love with years ago, the real tales from a life well lived never really left at all. Whether hanging with Martha Stewart or eating pistachios on TV, Snoop will always be Long Beach, making him in a lot of ways hip hop’s Ramones. Hey ho, let’s roll.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “Let Us Begin” (feat. KRS-One)

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Aldous Harding – Party

Fragile vocals, buried, subtle rhythms, and minor key melodies drive Aldous Harding’s Party into your brain like a dart to the dream factory. This is one quiet party, which makes it almost without fail unnerving. Any album with a spare piano ballad called “What if Birds Aren’t Singing They’re Screaming” is automatically interesting. When you wake up in the middle of the night from that weird, creepy dream tonight, Aldous Harding will be waiting for you. In truth, she was there all along.

Rating: 4 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “Blend”

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 – Wavves – Ghost Ramp; Pokey LaFarge – Rounder Records; Land of Talk – Saddle Creek Records; Snoop Dogg – Doggystyle Records/EMPIRE; and Aldous Harding – 4AD Records