Drive Like Jehu

Hand Over Fist/Bullet Train to Vegas

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Few songs are as aptly titled as "Bullet Train to Vegas" -- its speed and power are simply punishing. As coruscating as metal but as tightly coiled as pop, the music moves at whiplash pace, navigating hairpin turns and shooting sparks in all directions -- and then, as suddenly as it begins, it's over. "Hand Over Fist" pales in comparison because it can't help but do so, but it's still brilliant; it's more technically complex and stylized than "Bullet Train," with a taut, churning intro that keeps turning the screws until the chorus explodes like heat from a blast furnace.