Bitter Honey - Eef Barzelay
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  • Summary: This stripped-down, all-acoustic set marks the solo debut for the Clem Snide frontman.
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  1. 90
    Bitter Honey hits like a series of heart punches, and the quality of the writing is such that it doesn't get old even after multiple back-to-back spins. [#71, p.87]
  2. A set of acoustic songs that don't sound markedly different from his work with Clem Snide, except that they seem to be missing something.
  3. A smart, garrulous collection of folk songs.
  4. When they settle down domestically, many rock artists seem to lose some of their spark, their hard-won happiness diluting the angst that made them so compelling in the first place. But on Bitter Honey, Barzelay thrives on the secret fears that lie beneath the surface of even the most secure relationships.
  5. It doesn't rate with the best of Clem Snide, but Bitter Honey is a pleasant diversion and a nice way to fill the space between the group's releases.
  6. You'd buy this album for the same reason you buy Robyn Hitchcock, for the observations, sardonic-ism, and sarcasm--not to mention Eef's singular, strained voice.
  7. A bit too cleverly loaded with cultural critiques, winks and nods. [Apr 2006, p.207]

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  1. DanB.
    Apr 4, 2006
    8
    Good stuff. Better live, though, as usual.