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Handcream For A Generation by Cornershop

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Reviewed on 1st April 2002.


Handcream For A Generation

By Cornershop

Many people, myself included, will have only experienced Cornershop's excellent genre meanderings via their singles "Brimful Of Asha" and "Sleep On The Left Side", (surprisingly now four years old). We may even have bought the accompanying album, but that, sadly, completes the focus of our attentions; and there's so much we have collectively missed out on. To force home the point that they are, in fact, fucking great, and still at the cutting edge of today's music scene, Cornershop have released an innovative new album, "Handcream For A Generation". Their fourth album in a career spanning nearly ten years creates a multitude of relaxed summertime imagery, whilst their music ranges from disco, dance, reggae and excellent funk to some amazing epics: "Spectral Mornings" is an incredible ten-minute plus yet doesn't tire. There are samples galore, and they even wander towards 70's glam in the incredibly titled "Lessons Learnt From Rocky I to Rocky III" - a single apparently, though not in receipt of the national coverage it so rightly deserves. A distinguished album, spanning cultural boundaries and genre classification, music that you simply must own.



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