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Sharks and Minnows
Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board
Two Sheds Music

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Sharks and Minnows make no claim to be ground breaking in any way. They actually seem to look down upon bands who are trying too hard to, as they say, "stretch the limits of their craft, often at the expense of the song itself." I see their point, yet I'm not so sure I agree. When it comes to music, it's boring without someone doing something new and different. If a band is pretty good but follows the same formula as tons of bands before them, they're really not that good because they probably lack a great deal of creativity.

I guess the same can be said about Sharks and Minnows. They aren't doing anything very different, simply and accurately labeling their sound as indie rock without pushing the envelope. They are pretty good, but are following the same formula as a multitude of bands preceding them. I think a byproduct of this lack of a huge amount of creativity is the fact they seem like a band who knows they aren't their own favorite band, not by a long shot.

There's something about people who play good music that gives you the feeling they really like what they're playing. The same can be said for some bad music as well. They're putting their heart into what they are playing, so by hearing their music, you're hearing a part of them, which makes everything about the sound a lot better.

Sharks and Minnows aren't a bad band. They really show a lot of potential. I think if they just started to trust that and decided to let their creative energies surge forth into what they play, they would make music they would be happy to put their hearts into a little more. It would make them a much better band. I'm not saying they have to be the next Beatles and change the face of music forever. They should just make that leap from a decent band to a good one by really feeling the music they play, which would in turn give a new dimension of originality to their music.

Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board is a pretty good album; despite the fact Sharks and Minnows seemed to consciously try to not push any boundaries. It opens with "My Bird Sings," one of the best on the album along with "She Hangs on the Western Wall," and "Typhoid Mary." Collectively, the songs demonstrate the band's wide capabilities. They are able to go from a fairly upbeat song like "Parlance" to the slow, depressing "High AM" seemingly effortlessly.

I understand the band might be a little cautious. There are tons of bands that make an effort to be super creative yet still don't have their heart in their music, so they end up sounding awful, too. I just think Sharks and Minnows have the potential to really put their heart into the music they play, and with this, they'd become a better, more creative band.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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