BLACK 100S, THE: Out with the Stars: CD

Singer/songwriter, Thomas Handschiegel, is armed with an acoustic guitar and the blues. He strums somber songs from a stark landscape. His vocals don’t have much range, like the monotone purr of Leonard Cohen or the dreamy sighing of Nick Drake. Unlike them, Thomas’s voice lacks richness and, at times, sounds deliberately restrained, while, mechanically, his melodies are hit and miss. The ending of “The Lost Song” is restless and tight like his earlier work on “Cocksucker Blues,” but Thomas stopped there. On the other tracks, it sounds like he’s strumming more out of habit than passion.

 –Kristen K (Self-released)