Album Review: I Want The World – Hands Off Gretel

After premiering the music video for Hands Off Gretel’s “I Want The World”, the title track of the new album on our site, we knew the Yorkshire-based quartet were truly a force to be reckoned with, and with the imminent release of their independently produced album, we thought we would talk you through what to expect.

The album opens strong, lead by single “Kiss Me Girl”, an infectious punk number, singer Lauren Tate’s lyrics are reminiscent of Courtney Love’s penmanship, with possibly the catchiest chorus of 2019. We can promise it will be stuck in your head for days!

Songs like “S.A.S.S”, “Big Boy”, “I Want The World”, and “Alien” are quintessential riot-girl numbers that are seething with femme energy, perfect soundtracks for girl gangs all over the world to jam to.

On the other hand, “It’s My Fault”, “Blame Myself”, “Fingers”, and “Freaks Like Us” are melancholy fuelled ballads of angsty teenage frustration, something that every girl or woman has experienced and can relate to.

“Milk” is unlike the other songs on the album, and to me is the only one that defies boundaries, and is a direct attack on the dairy industry. I believe this is the first vegan anthem I have ever heard and I absolutely love it.

“Rot (All The Good Things)” is the perfect closing song, in my opinion, encapsulating everything that Hands Off Gretel are so accomplished in, making raw punk anthems with the most memorable choruses and bridges to be screamed along to at the top of your lungs.

Under the layers of punk rock, riot girl, and grunge, ‘I Want The World’ has something for everyone to enjoy. If you’re a fan of Hole, No Doubt, or Babes In Toyland, this is a band for you. Hands Off Gretel’s whole aesthetic is conveyed so beautifully musically and physically with the CD, that we definitely recommend you pick up!

Favourite Song: It’s My Fault or Rot (All The Good Things)
Favourite Lyric: “Girl on fire! Girl to crash and burn!”
Overall Rating: 7/10

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