Coney Hatch

Outa Hand

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With a relatively successful debut under their belts, Coney Hatch returned to the studio in 1983 to start work on their next album with renowned hard rock producer Max Norman (Ozzy Osbourne, Loudness). But to be perfectly honest, in terms of production value, Outa Hand was virtually identical to its predecessor, and, if anything, Norman only helped the band perfect their most obvious radio contenders at the expense of the album as a whole. The results include excellent lead-off single, "First Time for Everything" (one of the most memorable of their career), and arguably their finest hard rocker, "Don't Say Make Me," which, despite its silly macho lyrics, for once shows no hesitation on the band's part to just rock out. But it also contains numerous examples of the group wallowing in unbelievably stupid pub rock (think BTO's "Workin' for a Livin'" but even dumber), such as "Shake It" and "Some Like It Hot." The largely acoustic "To Feel the Feeling Again" is a nice, sentimental departure, but not interesting enough to raise any eyebrows. Business as usual, Outa Hand wouldn't make Coney Hatch any new friends.

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