Thomas Brinkmann Lucky Hands

[Max.ernst; 2005]

Styles: minimal techno
Others: Richie Hawtin, Pole, Bruce Haack

Believe it or not, but this is label owner Thomas Brinkmann's thirteenth album. As such, there is smooth, professional production to the relatively unchallenging synthetic arrangements and average house vocals. While "Work" contains a digital sound-alike of the lead riff from Cream's "Sunshine Of Your Love," things get somewhat creepy when '30s gangsta-café music and minimal techno meet in "Charleston." But weird melodies are not the problem here. In fact, the unusual electronic version of The Smith's "The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get" featuring Tusic Beridze is probably the most interesting track here. There are nice elements to each cut, but, for whatever reason, I'm too apathetic to decide whether Lucky Hands is so boring, sobering, or both. As soon as the bass kicks in, there are few changes to each overall song structure. They just hum along at the same... same for four or five minutes. Lucky Hands has some things going for it, but it sure ain't gonna win over any adamant rock fans.

1. Drops
2. Work
3. Maschine
4. Jacknot
5. Lucky Hands
6. The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get
7. Margins
8. Thirty2
9. B-Day
10. C Black R
11. R 8 Gordini
12. Charleston

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