Hands

Hands

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The music of this CD (a mix between medieval music and progressive rock, mostly instrumental) was skillfully played but highly derivative of one or two British prog bands. Hands took their influences from a variety of bands and used them in a way that was often quite original. Almost all of the band's six core members were multi-instrumentalists and a large cast of guest contributors appears as well, so in addition to the usual drums/bass/electric and acoustic guitars and keyboards there are also a lot of violin and woodwinds on the album. Vocals of inconsistent quality appear on about half of the tracks. There is quite a bit of variation within this collection, and naturally some lack of cohesion, but almost all the tracks work very well taken individually. This is a classic in American progressive rock, and the fact that the disc is over 70-minutes long with a 20-page booklet containing pictures, loads of information, and a band history makes it even more valuable.