Handcream for a Generation

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Handcream for a Generation
Handcream for a Generation cover.jpeg
Studio album by Cornershop
Released April 1, 2002
Genre Indie rock
Length 60:52
Label Wiiija
Producer Tjinder Singh
Cornershop chronology
When I Was Born for the 7th Time
(1997)When I Was Born for the 7th Time1997
Handcream for a Generation
Judy Sucks a Lemon for Breakfast
(2009)Judy Sucks a Lemon for Breakfast2009

Handcream for a Generation is the fourth studio album by the British indie rock band Cornershop, released on April 1, 2002 by Wiiija. The album received positive reviews from music critics.

Music and lyrics[edit]

Handcream for a Generation features contributions from two Oasis members. Noel Gallagher contributed guitar to "Spectral Mornings" and former Oasis bassist Guigsy played bass on "Lessons Learned from Rocky I to Rocky III".[1] The track "People Power" has the same lyrics as the first track on the album Disco and the Halfway to Discontent by former Cornershop side project Clinton, set to different music.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 78/100[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly A−[4]
Pitchfork Media 7.6/10[5]
Robert Christgau A[6]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[7]

Handcream for a Generation received positive reviews from music critics.[3] David Fricke of Rolling Stone opined that the album "is a festive crash of cultures, a Babel of loops and ethnic body language."[7]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Tjinder Singh.

  1. "Heavy Soup" - 3:21
  2. "Staging the Plaguing of the Raised Platform" - 4:35
  3. "Music Plus 1" - 4:46
  4. "Lessons Learned from Rocky I to Rocky III" - 4:24
  5. "Wogs Will Walk" - 4:54
  6. "Motion the 11" - 5:46
  7. "People Power" - 3:54
  8. "Sounds Super Recordings" - 1:30
  9. "The London Radar" - 4:07
  10. "Spectral Mornings" - 14:24
  11. "Slip the Drummer One" - 3:42
  12. "Heavy Soup (outro)" - 2:13
  13. "Straight Aces (Bonus Track)" - 3:16


  1. ^ a b Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Handcream for a Generation". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 2012-11-27. Retrieved 2014-10-19. 
  2. ^ Matt Cibula (2002-06-14). "Motioning the 11 With Tjinder; Or, The Beauty of the Transitional Album". PopMatters. Archived from the original on 2009-03-02. Retrieved 2014-10-22. 
  3. ^ a b "Handcream for a Generation". Metacritic. Archived from the original on 2012-05-19. Retrieved 2014-10-19. 
  4. ^ Ty Burr (2002-05-03). "Reviews of Handcream for a Generation, In Our Gun, Transmission, and Bloodsport". Entertainment Weekly: 88. Archived from the original on 2007-06-19. Retrieved 2014-10-19. 
  5. ^ Rob Mitchum (2002-05-21). "Handcream for a Generation". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 2012-10-24. Retrieved 2014-10-22. 
  6. ^ Robert Christgau (2002-04-16). "Consumer Guide: April 16, 2002". The Village Voice. Archived from the original on 2012-01-05. Retrieved 2014-10-22. 
  7. ^ a b David Fricke (2002-03-27). "Handcream For A Generation". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2006-08-25. Retrieved 2006-08-25. 

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