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The Rutabega

Shiny Destination

After a 2013 full length album that marked the band’s first full-length as a self-described “Carp Rock Power Duo,” a title which I can in no way explain yet love nonetheless, South Bend, Indiana’s The Rutabega is back with Shiny Destination, a 7” vinyl release that presents two very different sides of the group’s sound. With its playfully chaotic feel, rough-around-the-edges vocal, and bouncy, toe-tapping surf rock construction, the title track reminds me of something that might have come from The Unicorns, a notion only reinforced by quirky lyrical content. Energetic and catchy, it’s a breezy piece that’s nearly impossible to dislike, joined by a b-side in “Ladder” that, with its laid back tempo and more emotional punch, resembles an ‘80s soft rock ballad. Personally, I think this is the perfect complimentary number, even if it’s a definite comedown from the sugar high that kicks off the disc. Barely over five minutes in length, Shiny Destination is very (too?) brief. Nevertheless, it made a strong impression on me and is well worth a listen.

7.5 / 10Andy
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