The Phenomenal Handclap Band Phenomenal? Well, not quite. Led by one dude called Medicine Man and another known as Witch Doctor, this coed New York combo makes lovingly detailed… The Phenomenal Handclap Band Phenomenal? Well, not quite. Led by one dude called Medicine Man and another known as Witch Doctor, this coed New York combo makes lovingly detailed… 2009-06-23 The Phenomenal Handclap Band Indie Rock
Music Review

The Phenomenal Handclap Band (2009)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Jun 23, 2009; Lead Performance: The Phenomenal Handclap Band; Genre: Indie Rock

Phenomenal? Well, not quite. Led by one dude called Medicine Man and another known as Witch Doctor, this coed New York combo makes lovingly detailed replicas of the kind of sweeping disco-soul productions that once made people all over the world join hands and start a love train. The PHB's sense of style is spot-on; check out the trippy
 space-funk groove on ''Testimony,'' which features guest guitar work from Jaleel Bunton of TV on the Radio. But the anemic tunecraft on The Phenomenal Handclap Band is unlikely to impress fans of the O'Jays or Curtis Mayfield. B–

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Originally posted Jul 08, 2009 Published in issue #1056 Jul 17, 2009 Order article reprints