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(Rocket From The Crypt,Hot Snakes,Gogo Airheart,Husbands)

Swami 122

Released on March 23, 2004

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After 2 years THE SULTANS finally follow up their critically overlooked and criminally underappreciated debut with Shipwrecked. This time around Slasher (aka Speedo) Guitar and vox, Black Velvet (aka Dean Reis) Bass, and Tony DiPrima (aka Tony DiPrima) Drum kit, shed the fuzz in favor for a castrated, white, chiming sound.

Shipwrecked is an amalgam of simplistic chord thuggery and late 70's power pop sheen. Immersed in the sounds of THE NERVES (LA), THE SAINTS, RAMONES, TESTORS and THE KIDS, THE SULTANS reinvent themselves as lovesick vermin quick to placate their frustration due to a lack of options through song. Guitars ring with a Byrdsian jangle and inept, suburbanite melodicism. Drums thud with a penchant for caveman repetition and a deadened flat sound. The bass holds everything together with descending/ascending booming and tasteful tastiness.

THE SULTANS are today's quintessential power trio complete with instantly memorable hooks and a penchant for combining familiar pop structures with reckless and bold execution. Shipwrecked was recorded by John Reis at the Drag Racist compound (HOT SNAKES, GOGOGO AIRHEART, The HUSBANDS, ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT, etc.) and showcases the band in both naked and well clothed glory.

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# Song Name Popularity
1 It Meant Nothing  0%
2 Try To Forget You Voted #3  17%
3 Shut Up And Sit Down Voted #2  33%
4 Please Don't Leave Me On The Highway  0%
5 I Can't Change  0%
6 Jet Lag Voted #1  50%
7 I Just Can't Take It  0%
8 Too Tough  0%
9 Walk Of Shame  0%
10 Regret  0%
11 I Wanna Be With You Tonight  0%
12 Peril-ized  0%
13 One Way St.  0%
14 I Don't Care What She Thinks Of Me  0%
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Benjamin from Boston, MA 
May 20 2005 Rating: 5/5 Stars

The Sultans are like the ultimate Swami band; the members insist on going by assumed names, as if anybody actually cared, while their devotion to the San Diego music scene is unequivocal. "Shipwrecked" demonstrates this even better than its predecessor, as lead vocalist Slasher has chosen to abdicate bass responsibilities to a newbie in the wake of guitarist Black Flame's departure. The guitars on this album are less chugging than those of "Ghost Ship", while the song arrangements have gotten looser and longer. None of the above should disappoint fans, though, as the new sound clings like Saran wrap to the brash party dynamics of the debut. It goes to show that after four years' hiatus and a lineup change, the Sultans can still kick it.

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