FREEZING HANDS: II: CS

The first Freezing Hands album played like a retrospective of the various stages of the Kinks. The band’s second continues on the spectrum of what can be done with ‘60s pop sensibilities without being entirely retro or contrived. There is a lot to mine on the twelve tracks. It’s a well-crafted album with catchy songs that make an impression on the first listen. “Caffeine Dream” ventures into Spacemen 3 territory with a droning ride and excellent vocal harmonies. “Cold Pillow” is upbeat with catchy keyboard solo. They do the switching well without pounding you with genre. –Billups Allen (Burger)