Form & Control - The Phenomenal Handclap Band
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  • Summary: This is the second studio full-length album for the New York collective.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Feb 14, 2012
    80
    Their second album has a cosmic disco groove ('The Following'), thought-out harmonies ('The Unknown Faces at Father James Park') and electro- pop moments ('The Right One'), creating the kind of warm glow you may get from a house party in a log cabin.
  2. Jan 26, 2012
    70
    The drumming that helps ground it all is elastic and malleable, making this follow-up a more successful and well-rounded album that seems to be just the beginning of something really good.
  3. Jan 26, 2012
    60
    All and all, it's a little too cool for its own good. [Feb 2012, p.97]
  4. Feb 13, 2012
    60
    Ultimately, Form & Control serves it purpose as a ready-made playlist for your next party, but perhaps the band's oversimplifying of its sound has stripped away some of its mystique in the process.
  5. Apr 5, 2012
    60
    Form & Control exhibits a duality that splits the difference in the disparity of the Clap's soulful psych-pop/dance club fusion.
  6. Jan 30, 2012
    50
    PHB are equally comfortable with light rocking as they are heavy popping. [#39, p.75]
  7. Feb 14, 2012
    20
    Form & Control's only real highlight is its title track... But when it's surrounded by so much dross, it's hardly redeeming, and getting loaded may well be the only way to endure the rest of this tripe.

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  1. Apr 26, 2012
    4
    New York's octet regales us again with disco-soul compositions on second LP "Form and Control" and - like the preceding album - the songs areNew York's octet regales us again with disco-soul compositions on second LP "Form and Control" and - like the preceding album - the songs are rather average quality. Above all, what lacking is a distinctive number, which would become the signature of the album. The title track does not enrapture and although songs such as "Give" and "Winter Falls" raise the release's level - but they make it slightly. Expand