"Shattered" (Merge Records; 2014)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Reigning Sound are garage punk and rock'n'roll. They have a cool vibe. The music is great, it's smart and the lyrics speak volumes. This is the kind of stuff you might hear in a bar on live band night and realize your search for a place to hang has been found, as long as they are playing there every Friday night. The music also has that comfortable feel; you can put this disc on be absorbed to an easier time. Reigning Sound have been around since 2001.

Reigning Sound: Greg Cartwright - lead vocals/guitar; Benny Trokan - bass; Mike Catanese - guitar; Mikey Post - drums; and Dave Amels - organ.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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