I’ve heartily missed Des Ark. I got their “Loose Lips Sink Ships” by chance several years ago while working at The Daily News, and from that first listen, I fell in love with the band (their “Don’t Rock the Boat, Sink the F*****” also is a must-hear).
Don’t let the silly song titles fool you, there is plenty of hurt here. “Peace to You Too, Motherf*****” is a syrupy, pedal-steel driven song that’s a nice intro into what’s next; “Coney Island Street Meat” finds relations in tatters; “Ties” is emotive and true, with Argote
realizing, “I wish I didn’t give a f*** about ties that bind”; piano-dripping, love-hurt “Street Woods” blisters; and churning, hearty “Snake Stuff” is sobering, where Agote offers, “All I wanted here was a break from my life after the hardest year.” Who can’t relate to that? (Brian Krasman)