Album Review: Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears – EP

February 8, 2009

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Concept: Retro fury, plain and simple.

Sound: The first half of the EP is rock and blues basics, with gleaming trumpet punctuations and a healthy dose of Hammond organ. Joe is young, but his voice is hard, harsh, and alarming, like his subject matter. With the conclusion of *****, I Love You, it’s hard not to be a little shocked. He’s cruel, but it’s only a more direct version of the misogyny so much rock and blues communicates, and his recklessness undoubtedly energizes the tracks. The second half makes the transition to folk music, opening with the highlight of the EP, Cousin Randy, an obscene and darkly comic story about the devil and holy laxatives, and the kind of ruckus that comes out of the combination of the two. The last track, Master Sold My Baby, confirms Joe’s versatility, his intuitive feel for early Americana, and his skill as an enfant terrible, both feet firmly and decisively planted in the dark side of the music he loves.

Lyrics: Straightforward and downright uncomfortable. You should expect to be scandalized.

Quick And Dirty: Hard to say. Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears have a lot of power as performers, but the charisma and rage in it might just take you somewhere you don’t want to go. (♦♦♦♦)

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One Response to “Album Review: Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears – EP”

  1. Logan Gruber said

    This definitely sounds like something I’d like. I’m really intersted in getting my hands on it. Great review.

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