QuickTakes

Hadag Nahash

“6”
(Hatav Hashmini)

“Hadag Nahash,” or “The Snake Fish,” reached new heights in the U.S. when four of its songs were featured in the Adam Sandler flick, “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan.” Although its trademark grooves surface in “BaSalon Shel Salomon” and “Ani Mamin,” the band overextends itself on “6,” its fifth studio album. Lead vocalist Shaanan Streett, who has spoken for a generation of Israelis through often controversial lyrics, seems like a new driver when crafting songs entirely in English – fittingly enough, the band name is a play on the Israeli license plate tag, “nahag hadash,” Hebrew for “new driver.” However, Streett hits his mark in “Little Man” when he philosophizes, “If I were a bird I’d fly high in the sky/And dump a big ass turd all over all the religious sites.”

Joel Goldberg


Adele

“21”
(Columbia)

They say a vocalist’s sophomore album is a true test of a good artist, and Adele’s second album doesn’t disappoint. The voice fans fell in love with on “Chasing Pavements” is back and better than ever in “21.” Adele showcases her pipes on the ballad “Don’t You Remember,” and a more upbeat, Duffy-esque tune titled “Rumor Has It.” Just in case you didn’t love her already, check out her acoustic cover of the Bob Dylan heart-melting classic, “Make You Feel My Love,” on YouTube.

Marissa Driscoll


Girls

“Broken Dreams Club”
(True Panther)

Though technically an EP, Girls’ follow-up to its debut album, “Album,” plays with Christopher Owens’ boyish twang in a more melancholic way than the catchy tunes from “Album” – Owens was glorious in “Lust for Life” as he cried out for a “boyfriend.” While he’s still singing about heartache and escape, Owens plays with a wider range of lyrics, opting for a calmer sound that begs and pleads for an explanation in songs like “Heartbreaker,” and acknowledges a desire, or lack thereof, for life in “Substance.” The EP is a step-up for the San Francisco band, but it’s only a teaser for what is hopefully to come.

Caroline Bowman

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