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The California Honeydrops (from the album Soft Spot available as a self-release) (by Bryant Liggett)
The California Honeydrops are a musical time machine. They’ have set the dial to 1961, and the score for the time warp is their latest release, Soft Spot; a blast of infectious Motown, inspired Soul and smooth R&B. Loaded with horns and Doo-Wop background vocals, this is a cool, funky and grooving album, a true throwback that honors American-born R&B while also making sure the genre sits firmly in the present.
Soft Spot is good time music and nothing spells out fun on this record more than “Gonna Be Alright”, a feel-good cut that sings ‘you can make it better, no matter the weather, if you’ve got a good song to sing’. Every song is a groover, every song is that great.
In addition to the steady-rollers, The California Honeydrops end up dropping heady, dramatic ballads in “Tumblin’” and the title track while “Lil Bit of Love” is Soulful, Bluesy and harmony heavy. But the smart money is on the bouncers, like “Sneakin’ into Heaven”, Its rhythmic handclaps, horn fills and harmonies, its dang near perfect. The California Honeydrops close with the second line inspired “I Miss You Baby Pt. 2,” a cut ripe for a French Quarter street parade.
Yes, there’s a throwback element to Soft Spot. Put this album next to Smokey Robinson and the Miracles or Sam Cooke… you’ll likely not be able to tell which is 60-years old and which is 6 months old. The California Honeydrops are all about keeping a style alive, kicking down a worthy contribution to an important musical canon. (by Bryant Liggett)
Listen and buy the music of The California Honeydrops from AMAZON
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