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My two main points of emphasis are that Ogre's vocals are less edited, chopped, vocoded, etc. On this one he seems more like a narrative character and on the last two it's almost as if his voice was just another synthesizer, efx added to the mix. In simple terms a lot cleaner and less effected vocals.
cEvin Key is in top form, If you are like me you sometimes scratch your head and think everything is going to be wacky techno ala Download/PlatEAU, but it seems to me that he pulls no stops on the synth programming here on HandOver. Lots of glitchy aspects but overall some truly beautiful programming,keys, structures, edits etc....
This isn't Too Dark Park (it's closed down folks), this isn't Last Rights (the dog died and resurrected) This is Ogre and Cevin really showing their chemistry. Lots of dark, beautiful places are explored. Skinny Puppy may be less aggressive than they once were, but the old dog is going strong and just as amazing now than they've ever been.
I would say for those who were bored with SP, OR didn't like the last two albums, pick this one up, I think you'll be surprised. Even the most jaded fan will find some beautiful and interesting pieces going on here.
This album is reeeeaally digital... almost too much so, sort of like an Autechre album. Everything about the sound is a like a mopey thin coating of silicone and ice that warbles along without imposing itself too much. Ogre's character has become something akin to a sad, trapped prophet than a rebellious beast and the sound of the music reinforces his prison. Like the last two albums, Handover does not sound raw and impulsively BRAP'ed out and later carefully mixed, but rather meticulously composed. I hope I can love it given more time, unlike Mythmaker, which really did not work out for me.
That said, cEvin's collaborative sampler-album "Bananasloth: Zombie Battle 2019" is more like his classic writing style than this album is and proves what we all know he is capable of orchestrating. The last classic Skinny Puppy album was The Process, which had that intensity that, let's face it, absolutely NO-ONE could match (and never has since). I do miss the old sound and they were by far my favorite band back then. The earliest albums were the ones that, to me, captured the true horror and intensity of real life as the world really is, as if we were all small, defenseless animals in the grand scheme of things. It was unparalleled audio theater and it rocked my world to the core.
They did just that with hanDover and the result is absolutely mind-blowing. There are some truly powerful moments here that only cEvin and Ogre could deliver. It's a return to form but a major step forward as well. If you enjoyed Frozen Sky, Ghostman, Goneja, Daddyuwarbash, Dal, Jaher, and Pasturn as much as I did, buy this album without thinking twice. Although it doesn't have the same sentimental value to me as Too Dark Park, hanDover may quickly become my new favorite Skinny Puppy release.
This album is sick.
Vocals are buried in the mix, which to me is disappointing. I love Ogre's lyrics. I love to be able to HEAR those lyrics over all the chaos and noise.
Reading the liner notes there are 3 others adding programming to the end product and to me that speaks of too many cooks in the kitchen. I feel in the end the band misrepresents itself as being a duo, but allows others to give creative input on their new millennium releases.
Many people on here whom have dissected the new tracks both positively and negatively have already stated much of my feelings, on both sides, as to what this CD has to offer. I think it is worth a purchase, but if you are longing for some older version of SP you won't get it here. If you are hoping for something groundbreaking and truly original, you won't get that here, either. You will get a new version of SP a bit diluted as there is more outside input being plugging into the mix and of course the now ever-present Mark Walk helping to guide the band.
After listening to the CD many times over I can identify the tracks that do not seem to work for me.
Wavy: this track is just too tame and the guitar isn't captivating, but it certainly is looped enough.
Point: Noisy and. . . just noisy.
Brownstone: I would like the weird track if the the one, dissonant, squelching synthesizer that is overused over the top of the mix were cut short, but unfortunately it careens throughout the entirety of the piece.Read more ›
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Since their introduction, this group has been on a different level than anyone else. They are musicians composing sonic movements. These people are better live too.Published 13 months ago by Christopher King
The first time I heard this album I drifted to sleep. The second time I heard it, I heard some flashes of brilliance but it was still too boring for me to like. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Shelley D. Bowen
The first half (still thinking of old vinyl) of the album sonically places me in Flagstaff during a winter snowstorm. (Suggestive theme from the gatefold artwork.) I like it.Published on July 12, 2014 by William H Webb
New Skinny Puppy, not Cevin and Ogre's best work but another to add to the long list of enjoyable albums. Not my goto disc, but I spin it occasionally.Published on February 5, 2014 by Nathan Vaughn
I have never been disappointed by a single Skinny Puppy album until now. This was aweful. This is supposed to be a Skinny Puppy album, not and Ohgr album. Read morePublished on April 21, 2013 by Jeremy Archer
Better then ever. Would never give up the old stuff, that goes without saying, but this new sound is still the same sound just evolved as they evolved. Bravo.Published on February 25, 2013 by Eric D. Haberman