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The Neon Handshake,
This review is from: The Neon Handshake (Audio CD)
The Neon Handshake, the debut album by the british fivesome, is arguably one of the greatest albums around.
Any band with 2/5ths of Symposium is always going to give you pounding dropped-D riffs and some of the best drumming that you can imagine, but when Joe Birch and William McGonagle formed HIFH with old school-mates Tom O'Donoghue and James Findlay, there are always going to be some huge songs around.
Fronted by Justin Schlosberg, with one of the greatest voices in rock (2nd only to Chris Cornell in my opinion) the band set about becoming one of the best bands about, and to those who follow them, there is seldom anyone better.
Five Kids Go, has a quiet beginning, but then just gets straight to the point.. and is followed by the thumping Out Of Sight.
'Cut Down', 'Few Against Many', 'Three Of Clubs', 'Disconector' and 'Slow Song' are all up there with the best, but when inter-twined with the singles 'Night Vision', the awesome 'I Can Climb Mountains', 'Sick Happy' and the unbelievable 'You Drove Me To It', with one of the simplest but all-time greatest riffs ever, The Neon Handshake brings your senses to distraction.
The album closes with the Monumental single 'Retreat', one of my 5 favourite songs of all time.
In essence, the album is a must for fans of brilliant guitar work, rough and throaty vocals, sensible drumming, and a bass guitar than cuts through everything.