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For the first single off their debut album ‘You and I’, someone in or around Cut Off Your Hands decided it was a good idea to release ‘Happy As Can Be’. That person was terribly mistaken. ‘Happy As Can Be’ is a dreadfully bland single, sounding like a mixture between a 90s pop-Christmas song and a The Bravery b-side.

It’s a shame really, because Cut Off Your Hands can be good at times. ‘Expectations’ was a good single, ‘Still Fond’ and ‘Closed Eyes’ were great. ‘Oh Girl’ wasn’t though, and ‘Happy As Can Be’ is quite frankly woeful. In conclusion, Cut Off Your Hands need to return to the form that they had with the ‘Shaky Hands EP’ and songs like ‘You and I’ and ‘Closed Eyes’, where they blended their pop hooks with The Strokes cool, and The Cribs urgency.

When I saw them live, Cut Off Your Hands were exceptional, this song thuogh, is awful.

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