The Shadow

Naked Giants - The Shadow
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August 21, 2020 / Release Date
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this is a vast improvement over their last record, which i honestly wanted to like a lot, but never found much to cling on to. the band self-described this effort as the cross of "black sabbath and talking heads," and i guess if you look hard enough you can see the influence in some tracks that sound heavier and more hard rock, with others being centered around rhythmic exploration and groove like a 'heads track, but otherwise that's not too evident. however, the record is still ... read more

Naked Giants throw garage rock, psychedelia, and even some new wave in a blender and wind up with a set of truly memorable indie rock cuts. Everything from the punchier production to the tighter songwriting make for an exciting evolution for the Seattle trio and one of the most fun listens of 2020.

Favorite Tracks: TURNS BLUE, Take A Chance, (God Damn!) What I Am, Unpeeled, Television, The Shadow, Song For When You Sleep

Least Favorite Track: Better Not Waste My Time
The Seattle-based rock band releases their second album. After an underwhelming garage rock debut LP, Naked Giants return with more personality and a refined sound on “The Shadow”. The raw energy and wackiness are still there, but the psychedelic influences add some extra flair to the songs. For example, the smooth approach on “Take A Chance” and the harmonizing vocals on the melodic “The Ripper”, show that the band made progress. However, there are moments ... read more
▲ = High School, Take a Chance, Turns Blue, What I Am, Unpeeled, Television, The Shadow
▬ = Walk of Doom, The Ripper, Better Not Waste My Time, Song for When You Sleep,
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While not complex, "The Shadow" is a punchy, groovy, garage rock album with really solid hooks and enough intricacy to put it steps ahead of many of its peers.
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Track List

  1. Walk of Doom
  2. High School (Don’t Like Them)
  3. Take a Chance
  4. Turns Blue
  5. (God Damn) What I Am
  6. The Ripper
  7. Unpeeled
  8. Television
  9. Better Not Waste My Time
  10. The Shadow
  11. Song for When You Sleep
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Added on: June 12, 2020