12 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though Hands Like Houses started out wearing their progressive chops proudly on their sleeves, the quintet largely downplay them on their third album, focusing instead on a lean hybrid of post-hardcore and hard rock that emphasizes urgency over intricacy. Pivoting deftly between loud and soft dynamics, “Glasshouse” and “I Am” showcase the way Trenton Woodley’s yearning vocals sail across Matt Cooper and Alexander Pearson’s blazing fretwork. On “Degrees of Separation,” when they add atmospheric keys and an aggressive post-punk beat to the mix, the group’s sound gets even more awesome.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though Hands Like Houses started out wearing their progressive chops proudly on their sleeves, the quintet largely downplay them on their third album, focusing instead on a lean hybrid of post-hardcore and hard rock that emphasizes urgency over intricacy. Pivoting deftly between loud and soft dynamics, “Glasshouse” and “I Am” showcase the way Trenton Woodley’s yearning vocals sail across Matt Cooper and Alexander Pearson’s blazing fretwork. On “Degrees of Separation,” when they add atmospheric keys and an aggressive post-punk beat to the mix, the group’s sound gets even more awesome.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
170 Ratings
170 Ratings
Thisgirloml ,

Amazing.

The lyrics just say everything. The beat is always incredible. Love this.

Flow390 ,

Album of the Year Material

Been listening to this album since day one, and over a year later it still isn't boring to listen to. It's one of the few albums I can listen to all the way through from any band (Unimagine is the other album) without wanting to skip songs.

This album (and the band as a whole) have an amazing sound and excellent vocals that actually mean something and aren't just filler material like all the regurgitated pop music. Easily my favorite band, and have been since Unimagine. Plus, these guys kill it in concert which makes them even more awesome! Can't wait to hear what's next!

XyZer0 ,

Stand-Out Album

I have come late to HLH but I must say, even just basing upon this one album, I cannot wait to see what they do next and I can only imagine what a treat it would be to go to one of their shows. There is so much energy and emotion put into every one of these immensely well-crafted songs that I cannot help but constantly come back to them, and upon reflection I think this is one of the best albums to come out this year. Not only that but on a personal level I can count on one hand the albums that I will, at any point, in any mood, listen to in their entirety, and this is turning out to be one of those. If you're not sure from the samples, take a chance on this album, as the songs deserve your full and complete attention from the first second to the last. Truly excellent and I cannot wait for more.

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