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3.07 | 72 ratings

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3 stars The last and possibly the least of Flash's trio of albums(all of which where released in 1972) 'Out Of Our Hands' should nonetheless still satisfy those with a more than just a passing fondness for both 'Flash' and 'In The Can'. With the same line-up from both previous efforts still in place - guitarist-and-leader Peter Banks augmented by drummer Mike Hough, bassist Ray Bennett and vocalist Colin Carter - there is a nice sense of continuation about 'Out Of Our Hands', yet conversely this is also the album where Flash tried, with mixed results, to expand their sound beyond the metallic-prog framework that worked so well on both previous efforts. So, as a result, there are no ten-minute epics to be found here, the individual tracks feature a slightly more experimental texture, and Banks infamous guitar licks seem to have been muted by the group leader's own desire to seemingly mellow the overall Flash experience and thus push the group out of the looming shadow of Yes, the group that so unceremoniously sacked him after just two albums. There is also a kind of 'Chess' theme, though exactly why is never really made clear. Of course, doing away with a well-worked formula is always a risk and despite a couple of genuine corkers in the shape of bass-rubbed 'Dead Ahead' and album closer 'Shadows(Its You)' 'Out Of Our Hands' fails to live up to the group's high standards. That said, this is still an album well worth exploring for fans of 1970s progressive rock, the real disappointment being that Flash couldn't end their annoyingly-truncated career on a slightly grander note. STEFAN TURNER, ANGEL ISLINGTON, 2012
stefro | 3/5 |


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