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Honey's Dead

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Again working with Alan Moulder but now also using a live drummer on most tracks -- namely Monti from Curve, one of the Mary Chain's many descendants -- the Reids came back strong with Honey's Dead, on balance a more consistent and satisfying record than Automatic. There's a sense of greater creativity with the arrangements, while the balance between blasting static rampage and precise, almost clinical delivery is the finest yet, making the album as a whole the best straight-through listen since Psychocandy. Monti's drumming finally replaces Bobby Gillespie's properly; he's a much more talented musician than the Primal Scream overlord, using the warped funk hits familiar from Curve's work to the Mary Chain's advantage. Even the drum machine-driven cuts work better than before, especially the brilliant, coruscating opener, "Reverence." Burning with some of the best nails-on-chalkboard feedback the band had yet recorded, combined with a whipsmart sharp breakbeat, all it took was the finishing touch of Jim Reid's sneering lines like "I wanna die like Jesus Christ" to make it another stone-cold classic single from the band. Other winners include "Sugar Ray," with beats and melody so immediate and addictive the track was actually used for a beer commercial, of all things, and the steady slap and crunch of "Good for My Soul." If there's a danger in Honey's Dead, it's that the near bottomless pit of reworked melodies and lyrics had almost reached its end -- even the final track, "Frequency," combines both "Reverence" itself with the Modern Lovers' "Roadrunner" -- which made the stylistic shift on Stoned & Dethroned a logical follow-up. William and Jim Reid split all the vocals almost evenly, the former especially shining on the nearly gentle "Almost Gold," the closest the record comes to a sweet ballad. ~ Ned Raggett

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1
Reverence 00:03:40

William Reid, Composer, Producer - ALAN MOULDER, Mixer, Engineer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer

1992 Warner Music UK Ltd & Rhino Entertainment Company. Manufactured & marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company 1992 Warner Music UK Ltd

2
Teenage Lust 00:03:06

William Reid, Producer, Writer - ALAN MOULDER, Mixer, Engineer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Producer, Writer

1992 Warner Music UK Ltd & Rhino Entertainment Company. Manufactured & marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company 1992 Warner Music UK Ltd

3
Far Gone and Out 00:02:51

William Reid, Composer, Producer - ALAN MOULDER, Mixer, Engineer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Monti, Drums - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer

1992 Warner Music UK Ltd & Rhino Entertainment Company. Manufactured & marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company 1992 Warner Music UK Ltd

4
Almost Gold 00:03:18

William Reid, Composer, Producer - ALAN MOULDER, Mixer, Engineer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Monti, Drums - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer

1992 Warner Music UK Ltd & Rhino Entertainment Company. Manufactured & marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company 1992 Warner Music UK Ltd

5
Sugar Ray 00:04:40

William Reid, Writer, Performance - ALAN MOULDER, Engineer - John Reid, Writer, Performance - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Monti, Drums

1992 Warner Music UK Ltd & Rhino Entertainment Company. Manufactured & marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company 1992 Warner Music UK Ltd

6
Tumbledown 00:04:09

William Reid, Writer, Performance - ALAN MOULDER, Engineer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Monti, Drums - Jim Reid, Writer, Performance

1992 Warner Music UK Ltd & Rhino Entertainment Company. Manufactured & marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company 1992 Warner Music UK Ltd

7
Catchfire 00:04:46

William Reid, Writer, Performance - ALAN MOULDER, Engineer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Writer, Performance

1992 Warner Music UK Ltd & Rhino Entertainment Company. Manufactured & marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company 1992 Warner Music UK Ltd

8
Good for My Soul 00:03:05

William Reid, Writer, Performance - ALAN MOULDER, Engineer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Writer, Performance

1992 Warner Music UK Ltd & Rhino Entertainment Company. Manufactured & marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company 1992 Warner Music UK Ltd

9
Rollercoaster 00:03:45

William Reid, Composer, Producer - ALAN MOULDER, Mixer - Flood, Engineer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Monti, Drums - Jim Reid, Composer, Producer

1992 Warner Music UK Ltd & Rhino Entertainment Company. Manufactured & marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company 1992 Warner Music UK Ltd

10
I Can't Get Enough 00:02:56

William Reid, Writer, Performance - ALAN MOULDER, Engineer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Writer, Performance

1992 Warner Music UK Ltd & Rhino Entertainment Company. Manufactured & marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company 1992 Warner Music Ltd

11
Sundown 00:04:58

William Reid, Writer, Performance - ALAN MOULDER, Engineer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Monti, Drums - Jim Reid, Writer, Performance

1992 Warner Music UK Ltd & Rhino Entertainment Company. Manufactured & marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company 1992 Warner Music Ltd

12
Frequency 00:01:19

William Reid, Writer, Performance - ALAN MOULDER, Engineer - The Jesus And Mary Chain, MainArtist - Jim Reid, Writer, Performance

1992 Warner Music UK Ltd & Rhino Entertainment Company. Manufactured & marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company 1992 Warner Music UK Ltd

Album Description

Again working with Alan Moulder but now also using a live drummer on most tracks -- namely Monti from Curve, one of the Mary Chain's many descendants -- the Reids came back strong with Honey's Dead, on balance a more consistent and satisfying record than Automatic. There's a sense of greater creativity with the arrangements, while the balance between blasting static rampage and precise, almost clinical delivery is the finest yet, making the album as a whole the best straight-through listen since Psychocandy. Monti's drumming finally replaces Bobby Gillespie's properly; he's a much more talented musician than the Primal Scream overlord, using the warped funk hits familiar from Curve's work to the Mary Chain's advantage. Even the drum machine-driven cuts work better than before, especially the brilliant, coruscating opener, "Reverence." Burning with some of the best nails-on-chalkboard feedback the band had yet recorded, combined with a whipsmart sharp breakbeat, all it took was the finishing touch of Jim Reid's sneering lines like "I wanna die like Jesus Christ" to make it another stone-cold classic single from the band. Other winners include "Sugar Ray," with beats and melody so immediate and addictive the track was actually used for a beer commercial, of all things, and the steady slap and crunch of "Good for My Soul." If there's a danger in Honey's Dead, it's that the near bottomless pit of reworked melodies and lyrics had almost reached its end -- even the final track, "Frequency," combines both "Reverence" itself with the Modern Lovers' "Roadrunner" -- which made the stylistic shift on Stoned & Dethroned a logical follow-up. William and Jim Reid split all the vocals almost evenly, the former especially shining on the nearly gentle "Almost Gold," the closest the record comes to a sweet ballad. ~ Ned Raggett

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