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69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
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  1. Jan 28, 2021
    80
    Packed full of bright ideas and moreish hooks, ‘Dead Hand Control’ is a hopeful document about finding peace in your relationships and immediate surroundings, even when the world is on fire.
  2. 80
    This album is a huge leap forward for Baoi. The record teams with hope, which couldn’t be more apt for a moment in which a new political era dawns and light, albeit slowly, finds its way through the darkness.
  3. 80
    Baio’s third and latest doesn’t drastically divert from type as such but presents his songwriting at its most concrete in pace, malleability and variety.
  4. Jan 28, 2021
    70
    Unlike his previous albums, the play times on Dead Hand Control vary widely, with tracks sometimes transitioning into one another. It ultimately has the effect of a night out at the club or, more precisely, a series of 12" extended dance mixes à la the 1980s that are cued up among radio cuts.
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  1. Feb 22, 2021
    10
    A rather unexpected delight - far from having the feel of a stopgap side project, the tuneful new album from the Vampire Weekend stalwart isA rather unexpected delight - far from having the feel of a stopgap side project, the tuneful new album from the Vampire Weekend stalwart is easily his best yet and deserves to be spoken of in the same breath as those from his day job. Inventiveness, experimentation and genre-hopping are all part and parcel of the VW experience - and so it is with Dead Hand Control, which bursts and twinkles with ideas. The utterly wonderful ‘Never Never Never’ brings to mind ‘Come Dancing’-era Kinks, and indeed many of the album’s most charming moments dip their toes in that early-to-mid 80s era. Some of the tracks are long but do not outstay their welcome, melding and welding ideas and styles. Full Review »