Honeypower - Deflowered
Sweet nectar guitar strokes and picks are only half the seeds planted in this 2004 Brooklyn, Ny based effort spearheaded by Gavin Rhodes and company. While most Pop/Rock albums are brash lead vocals, and an ever attentive and over bearing drum splash, Honey power is guitar driven. Like the leftovers of grunge and whats to come from experimental neo garage, Deflowered is a start in the right direction for wavy alternative rock.
Songs like I'm Free have a groove and bounce, thanks to a diverse mixing and matching of hollowed xylophones, and organ work. Rhodes' vocals have a bit more leadership on this track than most, which is subtle but tasteful.
Even with great mellow but progressive tones, this album does get a bit bland, as it never leaves a particular heartbeat. Some exceptions to the rule may include Oh Kumiko for its constant acoustic steel sound, with an eventual turn to distortion and explosion about two thirds of the way through.
Your best track here leads off the disc. The Ties That Bind, following the same formula of the rest of the album definitely had a bit more enjoyable focus and production. The use of progressive chords, and well thought out pedal work makes for the most memorable song on the album.
Vocals are more a tone that bonds with the music, rather than a sound that leads the way. With the exception of God No, this album isn't filled with lots of identity, quite frankly most of it is down right bland, and without unique budding, but its certainly good soil to work with. And you thought I was going to abuse the bad pun all the way through, pfft. *laughs*
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