Sharks
Selfhood


4.0
excellent

Review

by Cameron S. USER (7 Reviews)
April 30th, 2013 | 9 replies


Release Date: 04/30/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An excellent sophomore album that deserves repeated listens.

It’s not immediately evident, but Selfhood actually represents a different Sharks than we saw on No Gods. Not drastically so, mind you, but upon repeated listens it becomes clear that there is something special about their sophomore effort. Whereas No Gods was explosive and fun, Selfhood is a bit more introspective and bleak.

Granted, the catchy riffs remain intact, but the vocals on their own are almost a different beast entirely. This isn’t a bad thing, and it’s entirely possible that some people could listen to the album without noticing, but the lyrics are certainly darker and the vocals themselves are definitely on the bleaker side of things. While No Gods kicked off with the fast strumming and raucous drumming of “’Til the Wonders Rise,” Selfhood opens with the equally fun but undoubtedly more somber title track.

One of the best things about No Gods was that just about every song had a memorable hook or two in it. This is still true, and as a result there isn’t a single track on Selfhood that sounds like filler. James Mattock’s vocals are always up to the task, and the lyrics this time around are better than on their previous releases. His vocals are somber and the lyrics aren’t exactly cheery, but he never sounds whiny, and he never sounds at odds with the instrumentals. There are enjoyable guitar riffs around every corner, and the drums always help to add energy without overpowering.

Selfhood ends on a note that is different in tone from anything on No Gods, with the slow, quiet “My Wild One” closing the album on a delightfully mellow note. The guitar is beautiful and Mattock gets to be the center of attention for a bit before the song briefly picks up and we get one last catchy hook. It’s not something that would have necessarily fit on No Gods, but it’s right at home here. It also serves as the perfect example of how Selfhood manages to sound familiar and new at the same time.



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Tikicobra
April 29th 2013


573 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't think it's a great review but I wanted this album to have one sooner rather than later.

Cygnatti
April 29th 2013


21353 Comments


I can't stand no gods these days.

Tikicobra
April 29th 2013


573 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Why's that?

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 29th 2013


19927 Comments


Not a bad review really but definitely work on being more descriptive about the way u describe things (something I'm working on myself)

Digging: Coldworld - Melancholie

Tikicobra
April 29th 2013


573 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I agree I'm terrible at that when it comes to music.

OneMoreRoland
April 29th 2013


1051 Comments


Show of Hands was so damn good... I've been let down with anything since then but ill give this a shot

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 29th 2013


19927 Comments


@Tiki, well this is only your 6th review. The more u write and read other reviews, the more naturally it will become. I can point out suggestions later if u want ;)

Tikicobra
April 30th 2013


573 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'd appreciate it. I'm always open to constructive criticism.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
June 29th 2013


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Barely a year after the release of the excellent 'No Gods', English punk rockers Sharks return with 2nd LP 'Selfhood'. The major refinement here is that their punk base comes with an almost indie-rock vibe, meaning that the album often lacks grit despite the rawer recording style of producer Lewis Johns. It's not exactly an immediate record either, with the hooks dialed down & the lyrics being rather personal & introspective. The melodic guitar-work thankfully does remain & while 'Selfhood' does get a bit too samey for its own good, this lean 31 minutes worth will reward patient listeners. Recommended Tracks: Selfhood, Gold, 22 & I Won't Taint.



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