Johnny Hollow - Dirty Hands (2008)

Johnny Hollow - Dirty Hands (2008)



Genre:
Dark Electro, Industrial
Style: Dark Electro, Industrial, Trip-Hop, Gothic, Noise
Label: The Orange Record Label

Johnny Hollow is doubtless the best band to emerge from Canada since Skinny Puppy and now they’ve made a new album, or should I say masterpiece. I had very high expectations on this album and it proved better than even my wildest musical fantasies. It’s absolutely astonishing! When reviewing their first album I went on about cellist Kitty Thompson and how she rocked my world with that bow, well she’s making it a habit. Who needs guitars when there are cellos? This album generally shows a more confident and experienced band knowing exactly what strings to pull to get things moving. Janine White is singing better than ever and combined with Vincent Marcone’s whispering making track three, ”Die 4 Love”, almost magic. But the true magic happens when Dave ”Rave” Ogilvie is introduced for a guest appearance, programming the next song, ”This Hollow World”. From then on Dirty Hands is one of those albums that make you wonder why you ever listened to anything else. The cover of The Spoons’ ”Nova Heart” almost makes me cry and “Superhero” alongside ”Stone Throwers” are amazingly beautiful. ”Boogeyman” and ”Alibi” are heavier than most head banging-gut wrenching-guitar oriented stuff in my CD shelf. The only thing that keeps this album away from ten out of ten is the cover of ”People Are Strange” by The Doors. The problem is that the original song is not even half as good as most of Johnny Hollow’s own material, making it a rather weak point on the album and quite unnecessary even though it’s a good version.

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Johnny Hollow - Dirty Hands + extra tracks (remixed)
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