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Sunburned Hand of the Man
Sunburned Hand of the Man
Wabana Records

Rating: 6.5/10 ?

June 8, 2005
Sunburned Hand of Man is a band. Sunburned Hand of Man is a collective. Sunburned Hand of Man is a group of dropout hippies who like to jam. Sunburned Hand of Man is not a band.

Sunburned Hand of Man is interesting, boring, genius, hackneyed - it all depends on what you're looking for from a record, from music, from a band. Sunburned Hand of the Man, originally released in 2003, was recently reissued by Wabana Records. Recorded at their loft in Charlestown, MA, these four songs that play out over 40 minutes are extended jams of free-jazz, psyche-rock and Crash Worship-style percussive experimentation, with an odd distorted vocal popping up here and there amidst the cacophony.

There are certainly interesting moments of inspired wankery that dot this free-form landscape, but the lack of structure and constant jamming, that probably inspires that hippie spin-dancing in some and heavy drug use in others, makes this album a better background music placeholder than an attention-grabbing song feast.

Still, it's not as if Sunburned Hand of Man is trying to make pop songs with verse-chorus-verse structures and sing-a-long anthems. These [presumably] barefoot, dreadlocked, crust-punks are letting loose and playing music that is totally in the moment, and for that they must be commended. Of course, they could all be dressed in khakis and sweater vests and this record could be the most calculated take on pop music since The Monkees… but probably not. One can only imagine what a brilliant mess their live show must be, a setting in which these tunes would seem to really make their mark.

Reviewed by Jonah Flicker
Jonah Flicker writes, lives, drinks, eats, and consumes music in New York, via Los Angeles. He once received a fortune in a fortune cookie that stated the following: "Soon, a visitor shall delight you." He's still waiting.

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