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Honeymoon Suite Clifton Hill Frontiers Records
FRCD389
· Produced By: Tom Treumuth

· Running Time: 40.34

· Release Date: Out Now

· Released:

· Musical Style: Melodic Rock

· Links: Frontiers
93%
Songs: 93%
Sound: 92%
It's great to hear any new material from Canada's Honeymoon Suite. I have always had a soft spot for these guys and still worship classic albums Racing After Midnight and The Big Prize.
The band took a left turn in recent years with a modern influenced Lemon Tongue, which fell short due to weak songs, while vocalist Johnnie Dee released a much stronger solo effort in the same vein.
An attempt to repackage Lemon Tongue in Europe with some different tracks as the Dreamland record won more approval, but it was news that the original line-up was back together that got fan hopes up.
And thankfully those expectations have been met with the new album Clifton Hill.
But to be clear – I don't think this is an album that recaptures the glory days entirely, rather it updates the bands classic sound to a more contemporary setting without sounding too modern or outside their comfort zone.
There is no mistaking that this is a Honeymoon Suite record. Part Monsters Under The Bed, part Big Prize and part new, this record features some very catchy moments and some great uptempo melodic rock and some of the band's best songs in over a decade.
There are also a number of moodier mellower tunes that surmises the band's sound over the years.
Listeners are hit with a one-two punchy of crunchy melodic rock straight out of the gate as She Ain't Alright and Tired O Waitin' On You deliver knockout riffs and big hooks - the latter being one of the band's best tunes in years.
The curiously titled Riffola harkens back to he band's mid-tempo moody best and Ordinary is a classic ballad in anyone's books.
The House beefs up the tempo with another cool chorus before Why Should I again delivers mood and angst as only this band can.
Down 2 Bizness is a good straight ahead rocking track, but the more left of center and contemporary Sunday Morning misses the mark and doesn't match the quality of the rest of the material.
That's All You Got is a little loose, but the vibe gets the album back on track and the chorus has a strong hook.
The moody and mellow Restless is another class ballad with a great lead vocal from Dee.
The mid-tempo and somewhat dramatic rock ballad Separate Lives is the closer and is a decent track.
The Bottom Line
The best of the material is probably on the first half of the album, but overall this is still a great sounding record with that classic Honeymoon Suite vibe well and truly back! It is great to hear the band being so energetic and I think the vast majority of HMS fans will find this release to their liking and will rate it highly. I know I do…
Discography / Previously Reviewed
· Honeymoon Suite
· The Big Prize
· Racing After Midnight
· Monsters Under The Bed
· Singles
· Lemon Tongue
· Dreamland
· Clifton Hill

Line Up:
· Johnnie Dee: Vocals
· Derry Grehan: Guitars
· Dave Betts: Drums
· Gary Lalonde: Bass
· Ray Cockburn: Keyboards

Essential For Fans Of:
· Classic HMS
Track Listing
· She Ain't Alright *
· Tired O' Waitin' *
· Riffola *
· Ordinary *
· The House
· Why Should I? *
· Down To Business
· Sunday Morning
· That's All I Got
· Restless *
· Separate Lives

* --*Best Tracks


21/10/09: Rian - edguyrocks@yahoo.com
Rating: 81
Very good release. "Tired of Waiting on You" jams! I really like the song "Ordinary" as well.

09/01/09: Paul - pgborden@hotmail.com
Rating: 89
This is about as good as a cd can be without being a "MUST BUY". As a whole, it is thoroughly listenable and enjoyable, and there are some very good tracks, such as SHE AIN'T ALRIGHT, TIRED O' WAITIN, ORDINARY, THE HOUSE, & RESTLESS. There are no dogs, but there aren't any real classics on it, either. So while Honeymoon Suite fans should DEFINITELY get this, it's not an effort that will likely convert non-fans. Nevertheless, as a Honeymoon Suite fan myself, this is one of my Top 10 CDs of 2008.

02/12/08: SoSiS - xeonspeed@hotmail.co.uk
Rating: 85
i've never been convinced by the Honeymoon Suite albums after the debut, they always lacked what made the songs so catchy and nice, this new album however is great!

there are 2 fillers but that's still a great CD i rarely expect an album with great songs start to finish, they happend rarely, so 2 songs are a good deal here.

the rest of teh songs are excellent, my favorite is SUNDAY MORNING this song is one of the best of the year, top notch voice, music and arrangment.

all in all, this is a must get album for fans, even if you're not a fan this is for you. ;)

27/11/08: Mickey Walsh - mickdougtms@aol.com
Rating: 96
A solid melodic rock release, with all the ingredients that make up a great Honeymoon Suite CD. Only thing I found odd is that Dave Betts and Gary Lalonde did not participate in the recording of the CD, according to the liner notes.

26/11/08: Scott Watson - scott.watt13@gmail.com
Rating: 95
I believe Andrew is spot on with this review. Being a fan of Honeymoon Suite, this release stacks up well against their previous releases. If you like HS then you need to have this cd in your collection.


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