10.01.2012 | Selected by Player 3
I became aware of honeyhoney thanks to Joe Rogan and his podcast The Joe Rogan Experience. He started talking them up as an awesome new group that just released their sophomore album. This was last year when I first made note to check them out.
The only song I've heard so far is “Angel of Death.” The video is wicked in case you care to check it out.
The band itself is a crazy blend of blues, folk, rock and a bit o' country among other things. Normally I hate country but that's usually the new crappy pop-country twang honkey tonk barf the music industry churns out. From what I've heard so far, this is far from that, but we'll see how the album plays out. Either way, I've read more and more about the band and what they are about, and they seem like a couple of cool cats just looking to make something original.
Plus, how can you go wrong with a song titled "Let's Get Wrecked"?
First half of the album: “This would be an awesome band to see live in a seedy joint where you can dance and drink the night away with a group of friends!”
Second half of the album: “Get me the F#¢< out of Eddie Bauer!”
This is not a band that I’d spend my own time listening too. It’s just not my style. It’s a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll. The up tempo tracks have this “confident female bad ass” vibe, which is what would make them a great bar band. But some of the down tempo tracks give me this weird Indigo Girls vibe that I can’t shake – which is what takes me out of the bar and places me squarely in Eddie Bauer (where I spent my first summer after college). *Shiver*
These guys do a great job of making intense music, whether it's rollicking or rocking musically, or just lyrically. It's easy to lose it in the southern/country sound, thanks to manufactured pop country beating that sound into submission years ago, and also in the track that seems to be lifted from an Adele album. But there's a lot of good stuff going on here, with layers to peel through and a different flavor in the mix.
As I've mentioned before, country is in no way one of my favorite genres or even one I usually explore.However, with this album I hear less country and more indie, Folk and Blues … and the country I do hear isn't the honky-tonk garbage that's usually popular these days.
This is a very intimate album, and the first time I listened to it with headphones on a flight it hit me harder than it had previously. This is a beautiful album both musically and lyrically. The songs are intelligent, soulful and drift between melancholy, sadness and just a little happiness for good measure.
I love this album more every time I listen to it. Suzanne Santo's voice is hauntingly emotional yet never once overbearing or overproduced. She's just 'in it' with every song bringing more feeling to the lyrics than the words ever could.
I can't wait to see what the future holds for this duo. I'll be picking up their first album and patiently awaiting their third. Thanks Rogan.
I'm really not a fan of the new indie-alt-folk-country stuff that's been coming out as of late. This album really does nothing for me. There is a track or two that almost reminds of Patsy Cline, almost … but then the next song (and the majority of the album) ruins it for me. I'm pretty picky when it comes to Country music. I likes it like I likes my whiskey – old, ornery, and classy.
I've certainly got a soft spot for alt-country, Americana, or whatever you want to call this strange breed of modern music that builds on the American folk music tradition with elements of Country & Western and blues. But this album from Honeyhoney, despite it's trim and polish, failed to resonate with me. Perhaps it's the dearth of full-on rockers, or maybe the lack of the gritty elements that I like best in the genre, but I feel like this is the kind of thing that's one step away from Country Music Television. Vocalist Suzanne Santo certainly has the chops, and there's no shortage of talent in Ben Jaffe's guitar work or the backing band's dynamic shuffle, but to me this country duo, even with plenty of twang, banjo and violin, can't belie the fact that they are city folk from Los Angeles trying to channel a sound that's not in their blood. I do like the darker themes in the lyrics, especially in the opener "Angel of Death," and indeed find a highlight in "Let's Get Wrecked," but I just can't get fully into the record, which in summary feels over-produced and like the performers are holding back.
Good music, some great thoughtful lyrics. Singer has a beautiful soulful voice that its right into the indie / folk rock music category. The album does not grab and shake me as there is nothing outstanding or unique. It’s an album I have heard before and does not leave me thinking about it much after, but what they do they do very well and worth a listen. I bet they are great seeing live and I probably would get more from the band.