BLIND SHAKE, THE: Celebrate Your Worth: CD/LP

It’s been a few years since I reviewed The Blind Shake and even though the line-up has remained steady I feel the band’s sound has progressed tremendously. I read a past review I wrote of them and found they sounded akin to an act that should’ve been on Amphetamine Reptile Records back in the 1990s. Now they have much more in common with some of the dirty, driving punk labelmates on Goner Records. “Corpse on a Roof” especially shows this with its aggressive, hypnotic guitar riff and energetic tempo. The last four songs on the album are especially strong. They’ve got a brawny pace and drew me in a great deal. I found myself tapping my foot and bobbing my head a lot with Celebrate Your Worth. The first part of the album reminded me more of Toys That Kill. I’m digging it. –Kurt Morris (Goner)