Hand of Glory is the tenth album by Royal Trux. It consists of recordings made by founding members, guitarist Neil Hagerty and vocalist Jennifer Herrema between 1985-89 and was originally released in 2002. The album is split into two halves conceptually: Domo Des Burros and The Boxing Story. Royal Trux take the scuzz of The Rolling Stones influenced punk bands such as The Heartbreakers and New York Dolls and add an extra layer of scuzz and a certain amount of experimentation. Vinyl LP on Domino.
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7/10 Richard Customer review, 31st January 2017
The long lost Royal Trux album was the last Trux album I picked up and I hesitated a fair while before grabbing a cheap second hand copy. 'Difficult' and for 'completists only' comments caused the delay, and whilst I would agree that this is not for the faint hearted or for those unaquianted with Royal Trux (start with 'Cats & Dogs' or 'Accelerator') this is well worth picking up for the opening 20 minute 'tune' 'Two Sticks'. Moving through the ragged guitar riffs, spoken word vocals seemingly sung at random, flashes of harmonica and backed with minimal percussion it shouldn't really work, but it does - a kind of trance like atmosphere is produced that is well worth getting lost in.
Track two 'The Boxing Story' is broken into 5 parts totalling another 20 mins but is much less successful. The backwards-tape vocals irritate me too much to allow the track to hold my attention properly, and I just end up skipping straight back to the opening track. Bearing in mind that this was recorded in the late 80s it really does go to show just how far ahead of the game Royal Trux were. For completists only? Nah, but maybe only for the patient.
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