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Not the Weapon But the Hand (Deluxe Edition)

Steve Hogarth & Richard Barbieri

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Radiohead meets Massive Attack - chill out album

Bit of a chill out album, lots of reverb and ditorted vocals but overall pretty cool and worth the ears. Was pleasantly surprised.


OK, so 'first listens' are often not a great indicator of what the long-term appeal will be, but 'Not The Weapon But The Hand' is, well… very interesting. On first take, sounds very atmospheric, and is almost like listening to someone thinking or day dreaming… thoughtful, odd and even angry at times, this can feel a little voyeuristic for the listener..
This is not immediate ‘grab you by the balls’ rock that Mr. h’s followers may expect (perhaps with the exception of Intergalactic) and while the images within the songs are still forming (in my head at least), Red Kite with its quietly sweeping landscape feels cinematic, and Your Beautiful Face (mostly spoken within an airy Spanish guitar based rhythm) stand out as most 'complete'… but it’s early days.
When listening to new music, I ask myself, "If i didn't know or respect this artist - would I keep listening?". Sure, with some albums the juice is not worth the squeeze, but this also has echo's of Achtung Baby/Zooropa era U2, which 20+ years on was certainly worth the getting over the WTF period... will keep listening.

I wish Marillion still made music this interesting...

Fantastic. Atmospheric, angular, unpredictable, expressive ... far from the hum-drum of Marillion's last decade.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s

Steve Hogarth was born in 1959 in England. Hogarth's first musical endeavor was as the keyboardist/part-time vocalist for a group called the Europeans. He formed a short-lived group called How We Live with Europeans guitarist Colin Woore. They released one disc called Dry Land. He later became lead vocalist for Marillion. He also has done...
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