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Honeymoon Suite - 1991 Monsters Under The Bed

ARTIST: Honeymoon Suite
ALBUM: Monsters Under The Bed
SERIAL: 75532-2
YEAR: 1991


LINEUP: Johnny Dee - vocals * Derry Grehan - guitars * Ray Coburn - keyboards * Steve Webster - bass * Jorn Anderson - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Say You Don't Know Me * 02 Bring On The Light * 03 If Ya Love Me * 04 The Road * 05 Little Sister * 06 How Long * 07 Come (Let Me Take You There) * 08 Miracle * 09 It's Only Love * 10 Next To You * 11 Stand Alone * 12 All I Wanted

WEBLINKS: www.honeymoonsuite.com

There are plenty of us here who are fans of the first pair of Honeymoon Suite albums. The Canadians delivered a knockout duo in 1984 and 1985, but perhaps less so with their third offering 1988's 'Racing After Midnight'. What is apparent with 1991's 'Monsters Under The Bed' is the heavier approach they took. It took fans by surprise, and some weren't happy with the change. For me personally, I love how they put more steel under the belt for this record. Derry Grehan's guitar work is firing on all sixes (as they say), while Ray Coburn's keyboards are as gorgeous as they've always been. Is it me? Or does this band sound as if they've listened to Giant's 'Last Of The Runaways' over and over again?

The Songs
The band strike a melodic nerve immediately with the fantastic 'Say You Don't Know Me' which harks back to 'The Big Prize' era. To my way of thinking, this would rate highly among HMS's best ever tracks. Coburn lays some deft keyboard and organ work, while Grehan goes deep and heavy.

The intro to 'Bring On The Light' is straight out of Jon Bon Jovi's 'Blaze Of Glory', cowpoke acoustics soon make way for a far heavier sound complete with HMS's trademark melodies.

'If Ya Love Me' is HMS's rebellion song, full of attitude and that 'fuck off' line from Johnny in the lyrics.

Admirers of The Beatles should enjoy 'The Road'. A nice jangly tune that is HMS styled rock after all but with a few neat twists.

I like the way 'Little Sister' comes off, pulsing and prodding like the AOR-tastic Giant in their most menacing of moods.

What inspired the HMS boys to include a bit of whale-song at the start of 'How Long' interests me somewhat. At the end of the day it doesn't really matter as this is a quality song bordering power-ballad and mid-tempo rocker.

Boot-stomping intro aside, 'Come (Let Me Take You There)' is another to take on that previously mentioned Giant identity. Surprising really as I never thought HMS could aspire to such lofty ideals.

This continues onward into 'Miracle', HMS sounding better than ever.

It's time to break out the acoustics again for 'It's Only Love', and like 'Bring On The Light' earlier, the veil is blown away to be replaced by a rich vein of melodic rock.

Listen to those blasts of keyboards on 'Next To You'; Ray Coburn nearly owns this song completely if not for the guitar heorics of Grehan late in the piece.

We're getting into the back-end of the record and things are still on the climb. 'Stand Alone' is so good, and I'm shocked it's this deep into the record. It really should be up around track 3 or 4. It's that good!

To finish up, the longest track 'All I Wanted' is left till last. A patient acoustic build-up in the style of Tesla is made, the motif carrying throughout, but having beefed up guitars and organ filling in the spaces. It's a terrific finale, completely consuming and satisfying. Well done HMS!

In Summary
From my perspective, a pretty good disc for what it's worth, and one that I occasionally wipe off the dust from the jewel case to get out and play. Unfortunately for HMS, they would disappear off the map for a decade (though they did release the retrospective '13 Live' CD in 1995), returning in 2001 with the unusual 'Lemon Tongue' CD. Thankfully, the band are still in operation but only just. Their last album 2008's 'Clifton Hill' was a few years ago now, it would be nice to see HMS updated for 2013 and beyond. How about it Johnny?

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#2 | jeffrey343 on August 30 2016 15:24:32
I took a break from new music to listen to the first four HS albums - mainly to gain perspective on the newer stuff (I tend to do that...). This one definitely has a good sound, more toughness and edge than the first three. However, like some other bands, the direction they took led them away from the sound I really liked. It's like that second Saraya album that we discussed a few years ago.
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