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Joys Of Living 2008-2010 = Digipack = (CD)
The Joys of Living: 2008-2010 compiles tracks recorded by the no-frills, punk-influenced Brit band Sharks during the group's first two years. As such, it essentially works as a debut for the band in the States, for listeners who might not be familiar with Sharks' bare-bones rock. Also included here are two newly recorded cuts that fit nicely into the band's sound. Formed in Leamington Spa, England in 2007, the band centers around singer/songwriter James Mattock whose gruff, flat vocal style brings to mind a mix of the Clash's Joe Strummer and Social Distortion's Mike Ness. As such, the tracks on Joys of Living are plug-in-and-play-style rockers as much in keeping with the working-class '70s pub rock of band's like the Stranglers and Dr. Feelgood as with the such Oi! bands as the Angelic Upstarts. Furthermore, such tracks as the newly minted "Sweet Harness" and the anthemic "It All Relates" evince a kind of spiritual unity with such equally working-class but uniquely American artists as the Replacements and Bruce Springsteen. In that sense, Sharks stand their ground well against such similarly inclined contemporaries as the Gaslight Anthem and the Hold Steady. Ultimately, as the last track on the album -- the bleakly titled "The Light at the End of the Tunnel Is Hell" -- points out, Sharks have a knack for catchy rock with a darkly sardonic bite. ~ Matt Collar, Rovi
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Type: CD
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Release Date: 2011-04-05
Label: Rise records
Country: US
Item No: RISE600258.2
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Track List
01 Sweet harness
02 Joys of living
03 Trains
04 It all relates
05 Three houses
06 More blue
07 Glove in hand
08 Capital youth
09 Common ground
10 Yours to fear
11 Fallen on deaf ears
12 It threatens
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