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Handcream for a Generation

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
While the cranky genius Tjinder Singh and his mates in Cornershop have stumbled upon some brilliant songs in the past, such as the summer single "Brimful of Asha," never have they succeeded in crafting an album as satisfying as Handcream for a Generation. Part of its pleasure is the deceptively casual nature of Singh's densely constructed blend of liberation politics and childhood nostalgia, offered with the knowing wink of a reprobate vinyl collector. Seemingly disparate songs -- such as the opening trio of the West Coast chitlin-circuit-styled "Heavy Soup," the guitars 'n' children's chorus of "Staging the Plaguing of the Raised Platform," and the deep house track ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
While the cranky genius Tjinder Singh and his mates in Cornershop have stumbled upon some brilliant songs in the past, such as the summer single "Brimful of Asha," never have they succeeded in crafting an album as satisfying as Handcream for a Generation. Part of its pleasure is the deceptively casual nature of Singh's densely constructed blend of liberation politics and childhood nostalgia, offered with the knowing wink of a reprobate vinyl collector. Seemingly disparate songs -- such as the opening trio of the West Coast chitlin-circuit-styled "Heavy Soup," the guitars 'n' children's chorus of "Staging the Plaguing of the Raised Platform," and the deep house track "Music Plus One" -- reveal subtle affinities, previewing songs to come and invoking previous ones through sly lyrical nods and cryptic titles. The end result captures an hour in the highly associative, hyperactive consciousness of Singh, who's alternately celebrated his fate as an Asian in Britain with Bollywood-inspired singles such as "Asha" and shied away from it with the electronica side project Clinton. While the Indo-sonics are few on Handcream -- tabla on the '70s rockin' single "Lessons Learned from Rocky I to Rocky III," the bhangra beats on the kitschy "Sounds Super Recordings," and the sitar epic "Spectral Mornings," featuring and unlikely cameo from Oasis' Noel Gallagher -- Singh revels in the spectrum of contemporary British culture, under-30 division. Hip-hop, dub reggae, club beats, Asian music, faddish rock, and rare-groove soul find expression in Handcream's emollient sprawl, each obliquely commented on. Years from now, should anyone want a time capsule of life in the slightly cooled Britannia, they'll need look no further than the Cornershop.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
First things first -- this is hardly the song-intensive, globe-tripping platter When I Was Born for the 7th Time was. Handcream for a Generation is a record that finds its tone and grooves, even as it segues from post-Beck sonic collages to boogie rock to endless jams. No matter how they dabble in different styles, it never affects the foundation, it's just highlights. Strangely enough, for all the dance, techno, and hip-hop here -- all the club-culture clashes careening off the tracks they obviously learned from their 2000 detour side project, Clinton -- Handcream's predominant spirit is that of post-Brit-pop, hard-boogieing trad rock. Tjinder Singh publicly derided this sound in 1997, but his subsequent friendship with Noel Gallagher must have affected him on a deep level, since Noel not only lays down guitar on the 14-minute psych epic "Spectral Mornings," he hauls out former Oasis bassist Paul McGuigan for "Lessons Learned From Rocky I to Rocky III"; adopts Gallagher's guitar sound throughout the record; and winds up with a record that is hipper, looser, and funkier than Be Here Now, but weirdly reminiscent of it all the same. Perhaps this is what happens when British bands stretch into contemporary psychedelia, mixing all the past into the present -- they wind up with a record that is pretty entertaining in how it flits from sound to style, all with a sly wink and loving, exacting replication of production techniques, all married to beats that are surely contemporary, but contemporary club beats are often built on the past anyway, giving the whole thing a weird but appealing out-of-phase feel. This all flows well and is quite a good piece of mood music, yet there's no hiding that for all their political stances and past reputation, Cornershop doesn't really have all that much to say this time around, nor have they delivered more than a handful of songs to have all this stick. Sure, moments bubble up from the sleek, stylized surface, such as "Lessons," but for as infectious as that song is, it's really about nothing, as evidenced by its chorus of "the overgrown super-sh*t," which means jack-sh*t. Since 7th Time not only had consistency of sound, it reached further and delivered fully formed songs, it's hard not to be disappointed by the linear, surface-slick nature of Handcream, but, hey -- it sounds good, it boogies, it's good for a night on the town -- and sometimes, that's enough.
Rolling Stone - David Fricke
1/2 ... Handcream for a Generation is a festive crash of cultures, a Babel of loops and ethnic body language. Dixie R&B, Bollywood kitsch, Crooklyn hip-hop, Eurotrash electronics -- singer-songwriter and producer Tjinder Singh shakes 'em up like rats in a box, finding kicks and connections in aggressive pastiche.

1/2 ... Handcream for a Generation is a festive crash of cultures, a Babel of loops and ethnic body language. Dixie R&B, Bollywood kitsch, Crooklyn hip-hop, Eurotrash electronics -- singer-songwriter and producer Tjinder Singh shakes 'em up like rats in a box, finding kicks and connections in aggressive pastiche.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/2001
  • Label: Wiiija Records Imp
  • UPC: 614027111528
  • Catalog Number: 2711152
  • Sales rank: 167,345

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cornershop Primary Artist
Otis Clay Vocals
Jack Wilson Vocals
Mick Greenwood Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Julian Arguelles Bass Clarinet
Doreen Edwards Background Vocals
Richard Curran Violin
Noel Gallagher Guitar
Paul McGuigan Bass Guitar
Tjinder Singh Guitar, Keyboards, Turntables, Vocals
Ben Ayres Guitar, Korg
Alan Gregson Bass Guitar, fender rhodes
Anthony Saffery Guitar
Grace Winder Violin
Nick Simms Drums
Peter Bengry Percussion
Ian Hooper Keyboards
Technical Credits
Mike Marsh Mastering
Tjinder Singh Producer
Nick Edwards Artwork
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