Honey Locust Honky Tonk - Robert Pollard
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  • Summary: The 17-track album from the prolific singer-songwriter is his 19th solo release.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Jul 18, 2013
    80
    "Airs" is both a pleasing ending and one that reminds you of how much substance there is in the album overall--how many hooks, words, sounds, tones and impressions that stay with you afterwards.
  2. Jul 9, 2013
    80
    It’s a consistent and, at times, deeply thoughtful record that is pleasantly familiar while offering occasional surprises. This easily stands up with the better end of Pollard’s work.
  3. Jul 9, 2013
    80
    If Honey was a backyard bonfire, the final fourth of it would be the kindling. These songs crackle sustaining life beneath the heavy branches waiting to burn, too.
  4. Jul 9, 2013
    74
    Rather than dour, however, the album sounds concerned, perhaps even worried, which illuminates even some of its weaker or seemingly extraneous tracks. It focuses Pollard, who sounds like a man who has said so much already but still has so much left to say.
  5. Jul 30, 2013
    74
    Smooth gems like “Airs” and “Who Buries the Undertaker” offset it with a relatively taut, clean sound that sometimes even recalls major-label-era Guided By Voices.
  6. 70
    Like his previous solo records, Honky Tonk does include some duds, but the majority of these 17 tracks are keepers.
  7. Jul 19, 2013
    60
    It’s utterly consistent, simply arranged, and scrolls through the bad ideas fast enough to make them forgivable.

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  1. Jul 12, 2013
    8
    One of his best solo records, period! Too many good tracks to list. It's a little rougher and less 'power pop' than other recent soloOne of his best solo records, period! Too many good tracks to list. It's a little rougher and less 'power pop' than other recent solo favorites of mine like Jack Sells A Cow and Lord of the Birdcage, but all the better. Expand