SHOCK NAGASAKI: Year Of the Spy: CD

This album is great all around, from the production, style, lyrics, originality, and catchiness. A good word for this album is raw. The album starts off strong with “1968” which follows with “I Get High on Low Society.” Many of the songs discuss capitalism, having an affinity for the lower classes, and an ever present questioning of politics and religious propaganda in the U.S. It’s abstract while still making a point without being preachy. I love track ten, “Hit the Beach.” The simplicity of the guitar riff is so intoxicating. It lodges itself in my brain and hits repeat. The vocals and sound are some freak baby accident birth between the U.S. Bombs, Johnny Thunders, and The Clash. It’s a fun listen, what else can you ask for?

 –jenny (TKO)