Author: Zackary Kephart
It’s always fascinating as a critic watching certain bands grow throughout the years. Yes, I am implying the term “evolution”, a term that is often so misused when it comes to describing actual artistic growth. However, when it comes to the Asheville, North Carolina based band, The Honeycutters, I truly feel that we have a band that has truly grown more and more with every album.
Just last year we saw lead vocalist and songwriter Amanda Platt take full creative control over the band’s third studio album, Me Oh My, an album that showcased the band’s strong, very pleasing roots based sound as well as Platt’s excellent songwriting. With that, it was easily the band’s most focused album to date, and the direction they chose to take from there was as good as anyone’s guess.
For their fourth album, On The Ropes, The Honeycutters show off their most versatile and exciting work to date, choosing to take their rootsy, traditional country sound and push it farther by incorporating elements of pop, rock, and soul in some places. In addition, unlike their last album, On The Ropes, the tempo changes from their mid-tempo comfort zone that bogged down the consistency of Me Oh My. In other words, this is the Honeycutter’s best album to date.