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Sharks and Minnows
The Cost of Living
Two Sheds Music

Rating: 8/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Opening the album with "Sunday Driver" was a smart move, Sharks and Minnows; the song sounds like a Phil Spector produced girl group hit, albeit one without any female singers. What the song does have is rolling drums and loads of guitar. Add to that falsetto background vocals bouncing off the leads, the song screams 60's. "Slow Learner" is also poppy while at the same time maintaining a curious melancholy. It has some ringing keys, again lending to a retro vibe. But it's also here where Sharks & Minnows let the listener make no mistake about the high quality production of the album: every thing is crisp and clear, and the song structure is tight, tight, tight. Like Jimmy Eat World Bleed American tight. Throughout the album, it also becomes apparent that the band is a drum-driven one, which gives most of the tunes here a nice "edge".

"Cleopatra Song" is a (relatively) slow jam, with the band showing off some more impressive harmonies and an uncanny knack for catchy melodies. The chorus is also totally J.E.W. "The Slip" and "Small Song" will make Weezer fans happy; like Cuomo and company, S+M deliver sporadically self-reflexive songs that are at times as pensive as they are riff heavy. "Arlington #4" is a slow-burner, and a nice come down from the mostly heavy first half of The Cost of Living. The song remains propulsive, however, and sets things up nicely for "Past Life Regression", a hook filled pop song very reminiscent of all things West Coast, which is strange considering the quartet is from Georgia. "Statue of Marie" is a departure from the rest of the album; it's glitchy electronica pop, like a slightly meaner the Postal Service, and shows off a band not willing to stick to one genre.

The album closes much like it opened, with big guns blasting on "I Kept the Pieces You Threw Away". It also has angrier vocals, not quite screamo, which makes the song seem kind of operatic in a not quite screamo way. With a boat- load of good songs, Sharks and Minnows manages to break away from much of the cookie cutter indie rock so abundant today, delivering a solid album, which will be appreciated by anybody who has outgrown "emo" and is looking for something a little less formulaic and a little more mature.

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