Honeyrider is a group originally from San Diego and they (at least on this album) dabble in a surf rock sound reminiscent of early Beach Boys. I wish I could drool all over myself about this album like every other review I spied about it, but to be honest listening to the 12 original tracks here in one sitting was just too taxing to keep my interest. There were moments on the album where I thought things were going to pick up, but it never happened. All the sounds washed together in a generic melodic surf rock homogenization.
And if you go back and listen to those first couple of Beach Boys albums, you'll find the same thing happening. Cool harmonies, a good riff here and there, but nothing that demands you sit there for an entire album. Especially when the Boys were dumping goofball joke tracks left and right on their early LPs. Honeyrider doesn't hand that kind of junk out, but they do stick themselves into a niche that really wasn't that expansive in the first place.Granted, sometimes these songs sound like the Byrds dropped in for a time, but then that makes the band sound like nothing more than a weaker clone of Teenage Fanclub's more recent stuff. Then there's the other sort of songs on here that other folks liked to label as "Jesus and Mary Chain inspired". I suppose there are hints of that lurking about the likes of "Superstar Love Machine", but the cheap Byrds/Fanclub thing is what creeps out most of the time. POP MATTERS