The Shackeltons

Album Review of The Shackeltons by The Shackeltons.

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The Shackeltons

The Shackeltons

The Shackeltons by The Shackeltons

Release Date: Jan 29, 2008
Record label: Loveless
Genre(s): Indie, Rock

70 Music Critic Score
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The Shackeltons - Fairly Good, Based on 1 Critics

AllMusic - 70
Based on rating 7/10
70

Picture yourself walking into CBGB's (before the venue shut down, obviously) one late Sunday night -- which was renowned as being the venue's "tryout night" for hopefuls -- and a fitting soundtrack would be the self-titled 2008 release by the Shackeltons. It's not to say that the group sounds amateur-ish -- not at all -- it's just that the group has an unmistakable CBGB's sound about them (despite the fact that they hail from Chambersburg, PA). In other words, you get lead vocals from a gentleman who sounds like he's either extremely paranoid or on the verge of a nervous breakdown (an emo-ish David Byrne being a fitting comparison), and you get a lot of elastic, post-punk guitar explorations (à la Mission of Burma) -- as evidenced by such standouts as the album opening "Your Movement" and "Tremble.

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