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Classic Album Review: Snow | Two Hands Clapping

After a failed foray into pop, the reggae-rapper hastily retreats to his comfort zone.

This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Remember Snow’s last disc Mind On The Moon? Of course you don’t.

And why would you? It was, after all, the album on which the reggae-pop toaster and dancehall bad boy of Informer decided to clean up his act and go straight for the pop charts. Instead, it went straight for the cutout bins. Which is probably why Snow — aka Darrin O’Brien — has beat a hasty retreat back to rap-reggae land for his latest effort. Two Hands Clapping has all the rude-boy rhythms and Rastafari rap that Mind On The Moon was lacking, along with some techno-skank for the electronica fans and enough rap cameos to play to the hip-hop crowd. What it doesn’t have, sadly, are the sort of big, whomping radio hits that Shaggy seems to toss off with such ease. And without those, he’ll need more than two hands clapping to make this something other than another forgettable disc from Snow.