Dead Hand Control

Baio - Dead Hand Control
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2021 Ratings: #96 / 107
User Score
Based on 42 ratings
Liked by 1 person
January 29, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
Glassnote / Label
Indie Pop / Genres
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The Line of Best Fit

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.


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.


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.


Ultimately, ‘Dead Hand Control’ is an indulgent listen, tackling worrisome topics while remaining hopeful and romantic.


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.


Synthetic art-rock with swooping choruses, it explores themes of death and nuclear war, while defaulting to a sunny guilelessness.


The follow-up to 2016's Man Of The World comes with the smart lightness of touch that's the Vampire Weekend birthright.


It’s just in the execution where he falls short, leaving little to the imagination of the listeners on an album that strikes a rather predictable tone.


I really try to avoid giving 49 or lower, especially when it's clear the artist put in a lot of effort...Usually there are redeeming qualities in the music. This album fails to meet the minimal requirements of an indie pop record. It's not catchy, there are no melodies to be enjoyed. The overall sound is incredibly bland and flat. The artist's vocals lack character. And the lyrics...well they're also somehow shockingly lame. I had a really hard time finishing this record and I couldn't ... read more
This is probably one of the most forgettable albums I've ever heard.

Apart from the interlude of "Dead Hand Control" and some arrangements of "O.M.W", there is nothing that was interesting musically speaking. The production is very redundant and bland with not a single song being good to me. The composition feels boring and some songs are way too long...

I can say the same thing about the lyrics. Always telling nothing but "I'll be there for you & I love ... read more
The new solo album by Chris Baio is a decent indie pop record. Even though the album’s fine, the songs feel really samey and some last way longer than they should.

Favorite song: Dead Hand Control
just very boring unfortunately
El tercer trabajo de Chris Baio resulta bueno y muy interesante como creación conceptual, dejando de lado lo musical, debido a la temática de sus letras, las cuales abordan de manera optimista los problemas actuales como el preocupante armamento nuclear, la salida del Reino Unido de la Unión Europea, el tema concerniente a Trump. Esto se le agradece al bajista de The Vampire Weekend dado que son contados los artistas que se toman el tiempo, ya que tienen el espacio y la ... read more
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Track List

  1. Dead Hand Control
  2. Endless Me, Endlessly
  3. What Do You Say When I'm Not There?
  4. Dead Hand
  5. Take It from Me
  6. Caisse Noire
  7. Never Never Never
  8. O.M.W.
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Added on: November 25, 2020