>> Handful of Luvin': Life in Between (2010)

Artist: Handful of Luvin'

Album: Life in Between

Genre: Folk, Pop, Rock

Label: Handful of Luvin'

Tracks: 13

Type: LP

Release Date: February 2, 2010

Discs: 1

Rating: 2.40 (out of 4.00)

Grade: C+

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This album reminded me of much of the music that surrounded me during my college days. And not in a good way. You see, I was that odd kid out at my school (a small liberal arts college) that was discovering the joys and wonders of punk, hardcore and metal. Unfortunately, I didn't get my first car until I was a senior, so I was mostly stuck on campus...and stuck listening to the musical tastes of my classmates: John Mayer, Dave Matthews, Jason Mraz, along with various hippie groups and drum circles. Don't get me wrong: I recognize the talents of those musicians (well, except for the hippies).

At any rate, this record took me back to those days by virtue of the folky/rock/reggae sound found within Handful of Luvin's music. It's not a bad album per se, just not one that I foresee myself revisiting once this review is finished. They have one or two tracks that stand out."The Pilgrimage (Into Chaos)" in particular is an instrumental track (backed by audio from various archival interviews) that ends up being pretty interesting. Unfortunaltely, the rest of the tracks don't really measure up to that song.

As a result, I tried to get into this record, but I just couldn't. Maybe if college radio rock/folk/reggae-flavored music is your thing, you might dig this. Otherwise, I'd just steer clear.

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