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Hundred Hands
Her Accent Was Excellent
Graveface Records

Rating: 4.5/10 ?

October 26, 2005
The perception of our collective introduction to the third millennium as being a shaky one is, with good reason, shared by most people. What's more is the belief that unrest - be it political, emotional or otherwise - breeds artistic reaction. Whereas one might expect the ambiguous situation we face to be reflected upon in the music we listen to, and produce, the response presented by Hundred Hands has been minor.

Hundred Hands find themselves the wrong side of the line that divides consistency - which I'm usually one to commend - and stagnancy. Regardless of Appleseed Cast guitarist Aaron Pillar's efforts to gut, streamline and reincarnate Hundred Hands, the only striking feature about Her Accent Was Excellent is its likeness to Little Eyes, the project's 2001 debut EP: the songs are drawn-out, heart-strung affairs that subtly bask in (and fail to emerge from) emotional torment.

While technological advancement may have granted Pillar and his musical partner, Peter Buxton, access to sounds from which the former was limited from in 2001, the feeling is much the same. As a project, Hundred Hands presents itself as The Appleseed Cast's overshadowed younger brother and effectively explores the same avenues that The Appleseed Cast did with Mare Vitalis.

The journey commenced by "Waiting in Denver, 4:05am" is sluggish, dry and unrefined. Aside from the odd synthetic twist, it lacks the distinguishing features that might set it aside from the million and one post-Sunny Day Real Estate wannabes. Pillar's vocals are competent but unnecessarily raspy and don't add much to the overall mood. By "How Many Licks to the Center" the album begins to drag, and what follows proves incapable of recapturing the attention lost during the first few cuts.

While Hundred Hands make no barefaced mistakes, they do themselves few favours. Her Accent Was Excellent subsequently falls by the wayside of the lo-fi indie benchmark and will surely not prove memorable. Without a significant facelift, Hundred Hands are destined to gently bob in the sea of indie-rock indifference.

Reviewed by Mike Wright
A staff writer based in London, England, Mike Wright is eternally troubled by the American bastardization of the English language.

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