Review: The Casket Lottery – “Short Songs for End Times”

At 6:27, the album-closing “Sad Dream” is by far the longest, most ambitious and most uncharacteristic song on Short Songs for End Times, the second post-hiatus full-length LP from early-aughts Kansas City punk/emo outfit The Casket Lottery. It starts with swirling synths and unfurls with more than its share of Cracker Jack distorted guitars. The real gems,…