Shorthanded - Forever Yours

Tuesday 1st August 2000
Shorthanded - Forever Yours
Shorthanded - Forever Yours

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 2254-27692
LABEL: Tooth & Nail TND1164
RRP: £14.67

Reviewed by Alex Figgis

With their debut release for Tooth & Nail, Shorthanded bring to bear a total of 30 years' worth of musical experience. As a result, 'Forever Yours' boasts a high standard of musicianship, where often times quirky arrangements add a compelling dimension to The band's peculiar brand of rock music. More often than not, Shorthanded seamlessly deliver complex rhythms and obscure chord progressions (such as in "Fail You") to blistering effect. Jason Zeh (bass), Andy Wiseman (guitar/vocals) and drummer Adam D'Albero have a keen sense of melody, which adds weight to the overall impact 'Forever Yours' has on the listener. But before you pass off Shorthanded as being yet another purveyor of the pop punk rock genre, there is enough variety within their debut album that sets them apart from their contemporaries. At times reminiscent of Rush's Alex Lifeson, Wiseman's phrasing admirably fails to be predictable (as in "Agony & Ecstasy"), adding to the overall appeal of the band. With 'Forever Yours', Shorthanded look set to create some permanent waves of their own.

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