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  • Summary: This long-awaited fourth album from the London-based outfit headed by Tjinder Singh and Ben Ayres is an even more eclectic mix of styles than previous efforts. The 13 new tracks include the excellent (and excellently titled) lead single "Lessons Learned From Rocky I to Rocky III," and a reworking of "People Power (In The Disco Hour)" from Singh and Ayres' Clinton side project. Expand
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. Having covered so much territory, the album leaves you completely fulfilled--like any nightclub act--but ready to do it all over again the next night.
  2. Sounds even more like Quentin Tarantino directing a Bollywood Superfly starring Beck. [3 May 2002, p.88]
  3. It's party music with an edge, and celebratory songs for underdogs.... A spirited, unpredictable good time.
  4. Difficult and easy, dance-y and indie, this is a transitional album that works on just about every level I can think of.
  5. This is happy music for hard times, a ray of warm and righteous sunshine just when it was needed most.
  6. Handcream for a Generation is a festive crash of cultures, a Babel of loops and ethnic body language. Dixie R&B, Bollywood kitsch, Crooklyn hip-hop, Eurotrash electronics -- singer-songwriter and producer Tjinder Singh shakes 'em up like rats in a box, finding kicks and connections in aggressive pastiche.
  7. What once felt like maverick defiance on the part of the 'Shop now leaves them looking directionless, with Tjinder sounding increasingly like an unattractive combination of smugness and bitterness.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3