Handsome
Handsome


3.5
great

Review

by Supercoolguy64 USER (85 Reviews)
May 30th, 2015 | 10 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A surprisingly upbeat record that does not lose any crunch

Unfortunately for Handsome, they never lasted long. The supergroup, containing members from legendary acts such as Quicksand and Helmet, only existed long enough to release one full-length record before quickly fading to obscurity. Its a shame, because they were actually quite good.

Now that I think about it, “Handsome” is perhaps the most fitting name for a band like this: this is a charming record. The guitars are crunchy, and the bass is very thick, but there’s this overall warm and poppy vibe to the record that makes it pretty uplifting to listen to. Jeremy Chatelain’s vocals are incredibly youthful and passionate; you can really tell that he was having the time of his life when recording this record. Hell, the whole band does.

“Left Of Heaven” tricks you with a very boring first minute, sounding dull and uninspired at first, however, when that chorus kicks in, it kicks in. The guitars practically mold together, forming a cathartic, inspiring wall of power chords backed up with Chatelain’s soaring voice. What’s so great about the record instrumentally is how well the band works with each other, in “Thrown Away”, Tom Capone and Peter Mengede create a messy riff that tumbles over Eddie Nappi’s thudding bass, however they still manage to pull it off without sounding completely out-of-sync, probably due to Pete Hines’ beautifully constructed drumming.

Although this record has it’s fair share of dull tracks, it is still a good start for a project that was sadly never meant to be. However, at a mere forty minutes, it is still a really good listen. Handsome made an album that was accessible and very fun to listen to, making it a very entertaining listen.



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Supercoolguy64
May 30th 2015


9205 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

wanted to do a really quick and short review, so i did this since it didn't had one before

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
May 30th 2015


14745 Comments


Posd

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ShadowRemains
May 31st 2015


25131 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this album is good yep

Supercoolguy64
May 31st 2015


9205 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yep

RVAHC13
November 10th 2015


826 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Gonna dig this album out the collection and give it a spin, Ride Down is still my favorite.

RunOfTheMill
November 29th 2017


4047 Comments


This album rules

SheriffOfHongKong
December 20th 2018


62 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Very excellent album, better than anything Helmet released post Aftertaste. Sounds like radio Alt Metal but of a much higher quality.

GhandhiLion
August 25th 2019


6733 Comments


Helmet pt 2: electric boogaloo

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DeadBitchAlexis
August 25th 2019


2791 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This and Helmet both fuck hard tho

Observer
Staff Reviewer
December 6th 2019


7466 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

This is quality. Guess Ill need to check Helmet's early 90s stuff.

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