Merge Records (2014)
It would be easy to call Reigning Sound’s first record in five years a reaction to the last record founder/songwriter/sole original member Greg Cartwright made with his reunited legendary garage rock trio The Oblivians in 2013. While The Oblivians were/are thrashy/fuzzy punk rock outta the garage, Shattered is so much more soulful, melodic, and slower. But truth is the record is pretty much further in the direction RS was heading on their last lp, 2009’s brilliant, Love & Curses. The songs, lyrics and melody really are allowed to shine, the musicianship is spectacular, and never overplayed, but rather complimentary to one another.