The Handful - Second Hand Smoke (True Rock Publishing) - Back
The Handful is a two-man show that plays classic hard rock with enthusiasm. They have a host of influences including The Beatles, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchett, Rush, Iron Maiden, Pink Floyd, Bad Company, Free, AC/DC, Metallica, amongst others. “Second Hand Smoke” an aptly name second full-length album…this disc is smokin’! It kind of reminds me of Life of Agony, Corrosion Of Conformity, Michael Schenker Group, Orange Goblin, Brand New Sin, recent Metallica, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Pink Floyd if they were blending into a rock n roll smoothy. All songs have catchy elements, including groove-driven and rockin’ riffs. The guitars have a badass tone to them and they take no attitude. The Handful knows how to rock! A few mellow parts/traits too. You can tell these guys enjoy the music they create. Vocals are straightforward for this genre, pretty much what you would expect…nothing special, but adequate. However, there are a few dull spots, like there’s something missing. Which almost give this disc the quality of a band you would hear at a local bar when going out on a Saturday night. Not that this is bad, most tracks are at least decent, but they aren’t really breaking any new ground either. “Come Out and Play,” “Cut n’ Run,” “I Ain’t Seen the Light” are the best all around tunes for me. “Sasquatch” is a nice instrumental too. Most tracks are in the two to three minute range and total over forty-four minutes and fourteen tracks.


Reviewed By: Jeffrey D. Adkins