Album of the Week: shame - Food For Worms | 2023 Week 8
English post-punks drop their most mature & complete album to date + new records from Algiers, Gorillaz, Miss Grit & more!
English post-punks shame staked an early claim for the best music video of the week in the form of the playstation-graphics styled, Napoleon in a gym-themed clip for Six-Pack, which alongside previous single Fingers of Steel and most recently Adderall have had us extremely keen for their third album Food for Worms, with the wait over as it is released today.
After their acclaimed second album Drunk Tank Pink saw the band look inwards for inspiration, Food for Worms sees them doing a 180 as they seek to interpret their external environment across 10 tracks of post-punk and alt-rock inspired compositions. Broadly speaking the tracks on shame’s new album find themselves landing in either the more intense and rollicking and the more melodic and softer side of things.
Featuring a satisfying sense of progression, Food for Worms sees this balance come across in the album’s programming, with the album initially alternating between the two. Fingers of Steel, Yankees and latest uncredited Phoebe Bridgers-featuring single Adderall find themselves in the sing-a-long inducing alt rock camp, while Six-Pack, Alibis and The Fall of Paul in the intense punkier side of things with dashes of industrial and avant garde influences.
It all comes together on the albums closing three cuts, with Burning By Design, Different Person and the big, hooky rock & roll album closer All The People bringing it all together, blending the softer and heavier into a rewarding final chapter.
Their most mature and complete album to date, Food For Worms is an exciting next step for shame, leaving us excited for what’s next to come… and desperately wanting to experience this record live!
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The best of the rest of this week's records:
Algiers - Shook [Matador Records / Remote Control Records] ENG
BIG|BRAVE - nature morte [Thrill Jockey] CAN
Alternative / Metal
Gorillaz - Cracker Island [Parlaphone] ENG
Maxo - Even God Has A Sense Of Humor [Def Jam Recordings] USA
Miss Grit - Follow the Cyborg [Mute] USA
Philip Selway - Strange Dance [Bella Union] ENG
Sam Gendel - COOKUP [Nonesuch Records Inc.] USA
U.S. Girls - Bless This Mess [4AD / Remote Control Records] USA