Friday, 23 September 2016

Short Attention Span Record Reviews, Sep. 2016 Vol. 2

AGAINST ME! – Shape Shift With Me
Probably their catchiest album to date “Shape Shift With Me” completes the band’s transformation to pop-punk juggernaut but lacks its predecessor’s sense of urgency. (7)

BEACH SLANG – A Loud Bash 0f Teenage Feelings

Y'all know I’m an Against Me! fan but THIS is the superior punk record of the month. (8)


The best live band in the universe releases covers EP, probably a good idea since their own material has been a bit hit-and-miss after losing genius songwriter Tony Fate. Explosive versions of tunes by Cheap Trick, AC/DC, Led Zep, The Seeds, Black Sabbath and Stevie Wonder. (8)


An audio companion to Springsteen’s autobiography chronicling his career from 1966 garage bands to 2012’s “Wrecking Ball”, it sounds more personal than a “greatest hits”-type thing and includes 5 unreleased early tracks. (8)


Supergroup including members of Mastodon, Dillinger Escape Plan, Alice In Chains and the Mars Volta. Don’t get too excited. (7)

GHOST – Popestar

Swedish saviors of heavy metal explore their inner (desmond) child on lead track, fill the rest of EP with predictably provocative covers of songs by Echo & The Bunnymen, Eurythmics etc. (8)


Husband and wife duo best known for providing the theme song to True Detective’s Season 1 return with 10th album. Nice, not great. (7)

MOMUS – Public Intellectual: An Anthology, 1986-2016

At this point I could tell you a story about a certain strange week of my life that had Momus as its soundtrack, but the statute of limitations hasn’t expired yet. So instead I recommend you get this excellent 3-CD compilation of quirky songs by the smartest, most literate, most British pop artist you’ve never heard of. The liner notes by Momus himself are a delight too. (9)

MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE – The Black Parade: Living With Ghosts

10th anniversary edition including demos, rarities and outtakes. The extra stuff is not particularly impressive but if you don’t already have the proper album, what are you waiting for? (10)

NEUROSIS – Fires Within Fires

Theoretically a doom metal band but coming across much more like Swans than Black Sabbath, Neurosis unleash yet another apocalyptic tsunami of heaviness. (8)

THE SWORD – Low Country

Not too exciting acoustic version of their “High Country” album. (6)

TEEBEE – TeeBee Archives

Norwegian drum & bass producer compiles 13 of his hard-to-find tracks from 2000-2005. This is excellent, dark stuff and if you like this then you should check out his turn-of-the century masterpiece album “Black Science Labs”. (8)


Unnecessary remake of 4 songs from “Polaris” re-imagined as Steven Wilson outtakes. (6)

VARIOUS – Rock Sound Presents: The Black Parade Tribute

The obvious choices for a My Chemical Romance tribute (Escape The Fate, Crown The Empire, Against The Current, Asking Alexandria etc.) cover you-know-which album in its entirety, slightly embarrass themselves. (5)

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