Cornershop - Handcream For A Generation

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Whats your opinion on this album?
I'm listening to it now for the first time.
So far i kinda think it's better than When I Was Born For ThE 7th Time.
BUt I Guess I'll Listen To The Whole Thing Than Decide

Dude (The Yellow Dart), Saturday, 24 January 2004 19:16 (sixteen years ago) link

Cornershop is boring

ModJ (ModJ), Saturday, 24 January 2004 19:21 (sixteen years ago) link

It was okay but I remember nothing more about it other than that.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 24 January 2004 20:05 (sixteen years ago) link

I like the songs that Tjander actually sings on, though I wish his lyrics didn't come off so much like C.B. radio to me. "Lessons Learned From Rocky I To Rocky III" & "Staging The something something Platform" are great.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Saturday, 24 January 2004 20:09 (sixteen years ago) link

I Liked it better than When I Was Born For The 7th Time.
But thats my opinion

Dude (The Yellow Dart), Saturday, 24 January 2004 20:48 (sixteen years ago) link

very boring and not worth it.

cs appleby (cs appleby), Saturday, 24 January 2004 21:07 (sixteen years ago) link

Save for a few songs I didn't think much of it. I haven't listened to it for well over a year actually.

Chris Jones (Crackity Jones), Saturday, 24 January 2004 21:19 (sixteen years ago) link

What ModJ said.

Rockist Scientist (rockistscientist), Saturday, 24 January 2004 21:48 (sixteen years ago) link

I also found it boring ... the beats were very blase and repetitive. "Spectral Mornings" is amazing, though.

However, check out the archived Cornershop concert (May 2002) in http://www.justconcerts.ca/live/livearchive.cfm. They've never sounded better, and the "Handcreem" material is much stronger live.

Barry Bruner (Barry Bruner), Saturday, 24 January 2004 22:23 (sixteen years ago) link

http://cookham.blogspot.com/2002_05_19_cookham_archive.html

This article makes me want to hear the album really bad actually, and I thought 7th Time was pretty boring.

Maxwell von Bismarck (maxwell von bismarck), Saturday, 24 January 2004 23:37 (sixteen years ago) link

Sometimes Marcello misses. Sometimes Marcello goes over my (our?) head(s?). Sometimes Marcello deals in references I couldn't possibly hope to understand. And sometimes Marcello is a fucking exocet. BANG. BANG.

I'm quite drunk but yes I mean it.

Llahtuos Kcin (Nick Southall), Saturday, 24 January 2004 23:46 (sixteen years ago) link

personally i don't rate marcello's taste that highly, even if he is an excellent writer (and he is)

the surface noise (electricsound), Sunday, 25 January 2004 06:16 (sixteen years ago) link

Not a big fan but Tjinder Singh has a great voice.

bnw (bnw), Sunday, 25 January 2004 07:48 (sixteen years ago) link

"Handcream" is a great album. It's a big bag of fun from start to finish. Somehow all the fairweather fans they picked up were alienated from it, which is odd, given that it is full of hooks and top pop tune action from start to finish.

DV (dirtyvicar), Sunday, 25 January 2004 18:50 (sixteen years ago) link

one year passes...
better than you remember. a really weird album of proper actual house, bhangra stuff, bits of random dialogue from what appear to be linguaphone tapes for the insane, funky stuff, curious half-tracks, anthemic pop with a kids' choir...it's like st etienne's FOXBASE/ SO TOUGH era crossed with screamadelica.

someone at UNCUT's album of the year but i'm beggared if i can reacll who.

piscesboy, Wednesday, 17 August 2005 15:59 (fourteen years ago) link

i remember i liked the first track!!

s1ocki (slutsky), Wednesday, 17 August 2005 16:32 (fourteen years ago) link

I find it lots more interesting than When I Was Born... now. It isn't really trying to say anything except "yay hurrah ace wooooooo ace" which is pretty heartwarming, and suits them. Neil Davenport reviewed in Uncut but I don't think it was him; John Mulvey was rabid about it too, I remember.

Alex in Doncaster (Alex in Doncaster), Wednesday, 17 August 2005 19:05 (fourteen years ago) link

OMG I used to write some long-ass reviews.

Haikunym (Haikunym), Wednesday, 17 August 2005 19:28 (fourteen years ago) link

I was just thinking the other day how, in retrospect, where 7th Time is sort've bogged down by it's own legacy and "importance" (you know, Tjinder was writing songs about BIG STUFF, MAN), this album has only seemed better and better precisely because it's a "yay hurrah ace woooooo ace" album.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Wednesday, 17 August 2005 19:32 (fourteen years ago) link

nine months pass...
"This album arrived with so much baggage it might as well have been Madeline Kahn in Young Frankenstein."

Not a haiku, but who cares.

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Friday, 19 May 2006 03:20 (fourteen years ago) link

great record

gabbneb (gabbneb), Friday, 19 May 2006 03:23 (fourteen years ago) link

I saw the thread title and the word "boring" immediately sprang to mind. I see now that I'm not the only one who thought so.

I think Woman's Gotta Have It is super, though, FWIW.

Deric W. Haircare (Deric W. Haircare), Friday, 19 May 2006 05:01 (fourteen years ago) link

one year passes...

SO UNDER-RATED.

it's almost summer. put this fucking record on NOW!

pisces, Sunday, 27 May 2007 14:04 (thirteen years ago) link

i still have this somewhere. maybe i'll give it a spin.

funny farm, Sunday, 27 May 2007 17:12 (thirteen years ago) link

I can't believe that there are so many cloth-eared shop hataz out there. Well, I can, but it is a bit sadface. I find it of a piece with their other albums in its playfulness.

The Real Dirty Vicar, Sunday, 27 May 2007 19:32 (thirteen years ago) link

Great Album. One bad song only.

everything, Friday, 8 June 2007 19:23 (thirteen years ago) link

Their side-project Clinton was even more underrated. Very simple beats, but I was mesmerized, and played it nonstop for months.

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 8 June 2007 19:40 (thirteen years ago) link

I can't believe that there are so many cloth-eared shop hataz out there

I may be cloth-eared, but the cloth is silk.

Rockist Scientist, Friday, 8 June 2007 19:42 (thirteen years ago) link

one year passes...

http://www.nme.com/news/cornershop/37518

piscesx, Sunday, 22 June 2008 09:24 (twelve years ago) link

twelve years pass...

charity shop purchase today (first since uk lockdown)
so much wrong in this thread.
this sounds absolutely fantastic and so much fun.

mark e, Friday, 26 June 2020 20:59 (two weeks ago) link

It holds up! In some ways sounds better than when it came out because so many British bands had being doing albums covering a certain range of eclectic styles (bit of disco, T-Rex, techno tune then a straight rock number) through the 90s and that approach was a bit played out by 2002. And "Raised Platform" is an annoying rip of Brimful of Asha. But Cornershop are so good. All their albums since then have been great, though I haven't heard the new one yet.

everything, Friday, 26 June 2020 21:12 (two weeks ago) link

agreed.
on first listen it sounds remarkably fresh.
best album i have heard in a very long time.

mark e, Friday, 26 June 2020 21:17 (two weeks ago) link


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