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Honeymoon Suite - 2001 Lemon Tongue

ARTIST: Honeymoon Suite
ALBUM: Lemon Tongue
LABEL: Wildfire Music
YEAR: 2001
CD REISSUE: 2002, Bullseye Canada, BLR-CD-4070


LINEUP: Johnnie Dee - vocals * Derry Grehan - guitars, vocals * Rob Laidlaw - bass, vocals * Peter Nunn - keyboards * Bret Carrigan - drums

Guests: Gary Breit - keyboards * Randy Cooke - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Lemon Tongue * 02 What I Know * 03 So Hard * 04 Undone * 05 Don't Make Me Want You * 06 Touch The Sun * 07 Lagavulin * 08 Knew You When * 09 The Way I Do * 10 Gone * 11 Into Me Into You


Nice to see the HMS boys back in the loop again. They've been conspicuous by their absence over the last few years. In fact their last album goes back to 1995. Occasionally they will pull out the odd gig or two, but it's only lately that they've made a concerted effort to get something out there. The two founding members Dee and Grehan took time away from the band, before joining forces again with new enthusiasm, a new sound, new personnel and new management. What is not lost after the enforced absence is their knack for finding a good melody, and with ex New Regime bassist and co-producer Rob Laidlaw joining the ranks, Honeymoon Suite look set to commence another phase in their career, albeit old dogs eyeing the nu-breed market.

The Songs
With 'Lemon Tongue', it's apparent these guys have woken up from their Rip Van Winkle induced sleep into the heart of 2001 modern rock/pop. This wake up call is so apparent on a track like 'What I Know'. This style is continued on 'So Hard', with some cool and infectious choruses that would compete with some of the best nu-breed acts out there. Grehan gets to embrace his acoustic guitar for 'Undone', another track resplendent in a melodic backwash a la Nelson or Evan and Jaron. The sombre 'Lagavulin' is a nice piano/guitar arrangement which sounds as if it would go down well in clubs. Come midnight and the rockers surface, ie: 'Knew You When' shakes a bandana at the likes of American Hifi for instance, while 'Don't Make Me Want You' and 'Touch The Sun' are in that same modern style, but less frantic perhaps. The funny thing is their pent up energy is akin to bands half their age! Who said this game was for young puppies?

In Summary
There's been a few utterances from melodic rock fans hoping to witness a return to former glories. It would've been nice but that's just so unrealistic now. Lets face it, the band have matured, and so have the listening public. The album itself is mature, and is contemporary enough in this day and age not to be considered a 'dated album'. Admittedly it lacks the lushness of some of their earlier material, but what you do get is a band stripped to it's barest elements and ready to start afresh, competing for airwave space alongside some of the new boys on the block. With Dee and Grehan still there, the energy and the foundation of Honeymoon Suite is still intact, but the focus is about the present, not the past. A very commendable rebirthing.

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#1 | Jez on June 13 2008 10:01:28
Love this album (and all the old stuff aswell). Pissed off a few people with the more modern sund but i think this is a great cd (with a stronger set of songs than the re-issued Dreamland disc). 'Lagavulin' and 'Into me Into You' r corkers'
#2 | richardb on June 13 2008 10:06:28
Haven't heard this album, but do like Johnnie Dees solo CD. So might give this a punt..

Richard B
#3 | DEMONAOR on July 13 2008 11:53:26
Ok Album
#4 | jeffduran on July 14 2008 08:06:57
Absolute rubbish!....A waste if of an incredible band's talent ala Harem Scarem's 'Rubber'.
#5 | gdazegod on July 14 2008 11:56:19
Sometimes I have to ask myself.. 'why wasn't I a bit more ruthless when reviewing some of these older albums?' lol! I guess a band like AMERICADE don't come along every blimmin' year!
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