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Honeymoon Suite - 2017 Hands Up

ARTIST: Honeymoon Suite
ALBUM: Hands Up
LABEL: Powwrtrain
YEAR: 2017


LINEUP: Johnnie Dee - vocals, guitar * Derry Grehan - guitar, keyboards, backing vocals * Peter Nunn - keyboards * Gary lalonde - bass * Dave Betts - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Hands Up * 02 Like The Stars * 03 Never Was A Forever * 04 Market Square * 05 One Step Closer * 06 Hey Deanna * 07 1986 * 08 Burning In Love (Live) * 09 New Girl Now (Live)



Good to see Canadians Honeymoon Suite back with a new offering. 'Hands Up' delivers 7 new tracks, plus 2 live tracks, and is their first album since 2008's 'Clifton Hill'. Good also to see the band is nearly the original line-up from their mid 80's era, with only keyboardist Ray Coburn missing, but still, near enough is good enough. 'Hands Up' was originally funded through a Pledge Campaign back in 2016, and will be available on CD from March 10th 2017. The 7 new songs probably aren't in the style that many fans would prefer them to be. It's not a rehash of 1984 nor 1986, but it is classic Canadian rock, with a few twists and turns to keep things interesting.

The Songs
The title-track 'Hands Up' is the first cat out of the bag. This track has highlighted by the bright ambient piano parts from Peter Nunn, and overall I'm liking what is being offered up here. 'Like The Stars' is a nifty acoustic pop rocker, quite melodic and catchy. 'Never Was A Forever' takes on the identity of a modern pop rocker, quite likeable, the chorus is a winner. 'Market Square' rumbles along nicely, the acoustic style is warm and inviting. Derry's daughter Leah can be heard singing toward the end of the song. 'One Step Closer' is a decent tune, bearing all the hallmarks of HS's years of experience on the road and in the studio. 'Hey Deanna' is more evidence of Honeymoon Suite's pre-deliction toward feelgood classic rock, and this one works a treat. The outtro guitar work from Derry is particularly catchy too. '1986' is referred to as a moment in time, kinda mid-tempo, kinda ballad and/or radio rocker. To round out the album, there are two live cuts of 'Burning In Love' and 'New Girl Now'; both songs are absolute classics and deserving of a re-hearing here.

In Summary
For longtime fans of the band, it is always good to see them out with new material. Even though their classic material comes from an era which was a long long time ago, listening to 'Hands Up' is a stark reminder that bands like Honeymoon Suite can crap all over the poor excuses for modern music that invade our senses in 2017.

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