Honeys - Pissed Jeans
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Feb 11, 2013
    80
    Though the sonic palette may be tweaked a little, the band's sense of disdain and frustration toward the little things is still gloriously intact.
  2. Feb 11, 2013
    80
    Scathing and brilliant, this is a new level for Pissed Jeans, a band whose name begs us not to take them seriously, while their sound demands exactly the opposite.
  3. Feb 11, 2013
    81
    The cartoonish brutality of the music is fun as hell, and since Korvette is most often mocking himself during Honeys, it doesn't come off as hectoring.
  4. Feb 6, 2013
    70
    12 pummeling songs of Black Flag-like thump, laced with bleak humour. [Mar 2013, p.76]
  5. Feb 8, 2013
    80
    Tracks such as the blistering hardcore of Cathouse and Cafeteria Food are the sort of exhilarating rock'n'roll songs that could kick start your year. [Mar 2013, p.108]
  6. Feb 6, 2013
    80
    Plenty of young pups are revising the pop-smart bludgeon of, say, pre-goldrush Nirvana, but only Pissed Jeans deliver with such panache. [Mar 2013, p.91]
  7. 70
    For the most part, Honeys is a prime example of how the innovativeness of your chosen style matters not a jot, as long as you’re doing it with aplomb. And most importantly, having a bloody laugh.
  8. Feb 20, 2013
    70
    It's one of the best recent examples of a band burning the schematics and retooling the machine to meet their desired output, regardless of whether said equipment defies standard noise ordinances.
  9. Feb 12, 2013
    75
    Honeys rocks in the perverse way only Pissed Jeans can, and like past releases, it’s a slab of flank steak in an indie world rife with tenderized veal.
  10. Feb 19, 2013
    80
    A truly excellent rock record.
  11. Feb 12, 2013
    80
    Honeys is a savvy, all-inclusive slab of disenchanted rage that doesn't hold back at any juncture.
  12. Feb 13, 2013
    80
    Against all odds, this is a lyrics record, deliberate where you expect it to be insane (or inane), a smart listen in the tradition of Largely Incomprehensible Lyrics That Nonetheless Sound as If They Had Actual Time and Multiple Drafts Put Into Them.
  13. 70
    While minor lulls can be found and their habit of zeroing in on daily life's mundane nuances risks self-parody, this s*** still rips. [Mar 2013, p.92]
  14. 90
    Honeys is 36 minutes of an excellent band doing what it does best, approachability be damned.
  15. Feb 15, 2013
    80
    The non-stop purging of masculinist bile can be exhausting, but that can and should be considered a measure of success, a sign that, despite whatever growth has been exhibited, success hasn’t changed Pissed Jeans.
  16. Feb 20, 2013
    79
    Like every Pissed Jeans album before it, Honeys is a unique balancing act of dumb and smart, as nimble as it is brash.
  17. Feb 21, 2013
    80
    It’s distancing stuff, though also hookier than earlier LPs. But it’s the humanity and levity of the lyrics that’ll really get you on board.
  18. Feb 19, 2013
    80
    It's this balance between relatable situations and off-color humor that makes Pissed Jeans' songs so dynamic.
  19. Feb 25, 2013
    85
    Honeys is the band's ultimate thesis statement, grounding their past triumphs in cruel reality that, if not buffered by their expert sense of humor, would hit too close to home too many times to count.
  20. Feb 11, 2013
    80
    Honeys, like Hope for Men, has some dead spots in the middle, but this time it doesn’t lessen the impact of the whole record, or the underlying fear of sinking back into office park anonymity.
  21. Feb 6, 2013
    80
    This is the stuff of vicious hangovers, unkempt hair being head-banged back and forth furiously, and eyebrow-raising debacles on public transport.
  22. Mar 12, 2013
    76
    Pissed Jeans satirize the languor of adulthood and unleash punk malice on unsuspecting targets.
  23. Feb 15, 2013
    80
    Honeys may be just another rash, blustering effort, but for the first time there’s a faint hint of accessibility seeping through the cracks.
  24. Feb 8, 2013
    90
    On the band's latest, they continue the move toward the tighter concision found on 2009's King Of Jeans, but unlike Pissed Jeans' previous efforts, there isn't a seven-minute dirge on Honeys. [No. 95, p.51]
  25. Mar 13, 2013
    78
    Honeys marks the band's sharpest, smartest work yet, hypermasculine yet self-defeating.
  26. 88
    Four records deep, Pissed Jeans may have trimmed some heaviness, but they open space for discovery.
  27. 80
    When it’s not a really scary record, it’s a really fun one, and most of the time, it’s both.
  28. Feb 6, 2013
    80
    Pissed Jeans are loud, they're angry; they're buoyant, they're funny; they're introspective and melancholic. They're totally original, and of their time.
  29. Feb 12, 2013
    70
    While it may not be a distinct step forward creatively, the blue-collared Allentown, PA, quartet has managed another solid effort that maintains its edge.
  30. Mar 6, 2013
    80
    As compositionally impetuous as they are lyrically intelligent, Pissed Jeans are amongst rock's most uncompromising outfits. [16 Feb 2013, p.51]
  31. Feb 8, 2013
    60
    Too often inaudible, the band’s uncathartic noise can still test patience as well as nerves.
  32. 70
    Torture, disgust and danger are all here, but so too are some sharp-barbed observations on screwed-up modern living. [Sep 2013, p.90]
  33. Feb 6, 2013
    80
    They sound utterly repellant, and it suits them perfectly.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Feb 12, 2013
    7
    Give it a whirl, while not groundbreaking in any way, this is a fun listen. The band's melodies are more focused, and Matt Korvette's singingGive it a whirl, while not groundbreaking in any way, this is a fun listen. The band's melodies are more focused, and Matt Korvette's singing is a little more in tune. Cafeteria Food is one of those songs that sticks in your head for awhile, Cathouse and Loubs flat our rock. Opener Bathroom Laughter is a face-melter. Honey is good fun, take it at that. Full Review »