SINGLE REVIEW: Hands Off Gretel – ‘One Eyed Girl’


‘One Eyed Girl’ is the second single released from the soon to be released album ‘Burn the Beauty Queen’. You can read my review of the first ‘My Size’ here.

If you thought ‘My Size’ was great – and I did – you’re going to love this. ‘Mutant grunge surf’ is what I thought as I listened to the start (honest I did, my mind sort of works like that) as a stonking great bass riff gets you going. The playing on this track is great, the bass throbs away, the guitars are great – especially during the breakdown. Lauren’s vocals are … well she’s displaying the full-on ‘Lauren range’ – sometimes in one line. Just incredible.

And just when you might be thinking well this is great but where is it going with this, there’s a frankly ‘Zepplin-esque’ breakdown. It’s all slightly eastern sounding guitar and screaming vocals.

It’s not as immediate as ‘My Size’, that grabbed me on the first listen. This took me two listens. And it survives the repeated listening that reviewing something needs, there’s always something new that you notice. I’ve said it before – and I’ll probably say it again – but if this is an indication of the quality of the rest of album we are in for a treat in September.

The video – produced by Lauren – is four and a half minutes of madness. I frankly have no idea of what is going on or how it relates to the song, And I’m not even going to try and work out what the song is about either, when the song is this much fun does it really matter.

The single is available on iTunes, Amazon & Google Play

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