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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of THE Best Rock Albums I've Ever Heard!, 4 Feb 2000
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This review is from: Prozaic (Audio CD)
If you're interested in good rock music then I seriously recommend that you check out this absolutely stunning piece of work. From the energetic intro to 'King of Misery' right down to the soft piano strains that bring the album to a close with the track 'Parasite', this album delivers nothing but top quality music. When Danny Baker played 'Go Away' on his radio show, he referred to Honeycrack as (quote) "brilliant". I myself bought the album over 3 years ago after going to see Alanis Morrissette in concert, where Honeycrack were her support during the Jagged Little Pill tour. Usually, I just twiddle my thumbs through a support act, but these guys were just incredible. I thought it was just me they appealed to, but the thunderous applause they got as they left the stage proved just how wrong I was. Soon after, I bought the album, and I don't think I've ever been so impressed with an album in its entirety as I am with this one. There is not one single filler track here; everything is top notch. How Honeycrack failed to achieve the dizzy heights attained by such bands as Blur and Oasis is frankly a mystery - the catchy songwriting and musicianship are certainly there (in spades). Rumours are that musical interference and lack of proper support from Epic Records were at the heart of the problem. Still, this has left a real hidden gem in the rock world. I really do suggest you get hold of a copy - I don't think you'll be disappointed. If great tunes with overlaid vocals, interwoven guitar work, clever lyrics and catchy riffs are your thing...this is definitely the album you want.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should have been...MASSIVE!, 18 Nov 2003
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Mr. S. K. THORPE "STEVE THORPE" (SURREY, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Prozaic (Audio CD)
I first heard of Honeycrack through my friendship with Steve Williams (their original drummer who appears (uncredited) on most of the tracks on this CD).
This would have been in late 1994, and the demos of the songs that he was carrying around were irresistable - thankfully some of the more obscure songs on those tapes (like "Gun") did end up as B-sides on the CD singles.
Finally, after a year's wait - Prozaic was released in 1996, and Epic did a terrific job of killing the band stone-dead before they'd had a chance to fly. Releasing the wrong singles, then going as far as re-releasing them again (!) etc. lost the band momentum, and never gave them the exposure they deserved (apart from a great performance of "Go Away" on TFI Friday).
As previous reviewers have said - this is a top-notch, undiscovered, snappy rock album - played by a band tighter than a nat's chuff piece and with vocal harmonies to die for (think King's X at their very best). The songs are all catchy and well-arranged with no filler (I find playing this CD on 'random / shuffle' works best for me) and "Samantha Pope" (a late addition to the running order) and "Animals" are my personal favourites.
Steve W. left just before the release, and the band carried on into early 1997 with a single ("Anyway") on EG Records before calling it a day (after much internal squabbling).
Remember them at their best - this is all you need by Honeycrack, and one of the best rock albums of all time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars brill, 1 July 2002
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rising from the ashes of the original Wildhearts line-up, Honeycrack focus on a 'happier' sound (clearly mainly influenced by CJ and Willie Dowling who obviously had a large say in "Earth Vs"'s lighter moments), whilst keeping the clever lyrics and fast-paced crunchy pop-metal tunes that made the Wildhearts so popular. Not surprisingly their sound is bang in the middle of the styles of the early Wildhearts material and CJ's later band The (mostly over-sickly sweet) Jellys.
A genuinely happy summery album, if you like the wildhearts, you can't fail to love Honeycrack...standouts include Sitting At Home, Good Feeling and Parasite. It would have been interesting to see how they would have progressed had they stayed together...well worth having.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unappreciated Genius, 11 Nov 2007
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You can't help but feel that Willie Dowling (not unlike his ex Wildhearts band mate, Ginger) is one of those songwriters destined to be talked about in revered tones by those who know, yet completely ignored by the unaware masses.

Prozaic is a towering beast of a pop-rock album, catchy riffs and the sorts of songs which demand you to sing along with. The content of the songs themselves tend to be quite a lot darker ("No please don't" about a teenage rape victim, "Samantha Pope" about a school girl getting pregnant from an icecream man...), but the delivery is so mesmerising is all works beautifully.

Even 11 years on this is a regular cd on my playlist, and if you have even a passing interest in the sort of uptempo rock the Wildhearts have been pumping out for years then I can't recommend this album enough. And if you like that then there's really no excuse for not checking out Willie's new band, Jackdaw4.

Si
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly outstanding rock album, 24 Sep 2007
This review is from: Prozaic (Audio CD)
I'm a big fan of the Wildhearts, but I think this trumps anything they ever did. This album is full of catchy tunes and clever musicianship and lyrics. My favourites are Animals, Parasite and I Hate Myself and Everybody Else. Unfortunately talent isn't always enough to get you anywhere, otherwise this band would have been huge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great tunes, 17 May 2014
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A. Lawrence (Bristol, UK) - See all my reviews
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This album is full of catchy tunes. British rock at its best. There are good melodies mixed in with heavy tunes.
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