Raw Honey

Drugdealer - Raw Honey
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2019 Ratings: #356 / 757
User Score
Based on 110 ratings
2019 Ratings: #441
April 19, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Mexican Summer / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
The Skinny

There’s nothing frivolous or disjointed about Raw Honey, The Californian-baked masterpiece is a force to be reckoned with and a real triumph.

80
NME

Drugdealer's second album is a collection of '70s-tinged soft-rock jams for heading out on your own Magical Mystery Tour, and proof of the power of song.

80
DIY

The music is genuinely rich, and creates a strong nostalgia for a musical era gone by.

80
AllMusic

The second Drugdealer album, Raw Honey, has zero kinks left to work out and fulfills all the promise of the debut and more.

80
God Is in the TV

Music that lays firmly between the influences of his found home of the underground scene in L.A., where the lazy hazy west coast sounds of The Beach Boys and Steely Dan meet with those of fellow West Coast singer-songwriter Randy Newman.

79
Northern Transmissions

Raw Honey would certainly fit in with the myriad of excellent hybrid folk pop albums that emerged during the 60’s, but stands as an anomaly with the present day musical fare.

75
The 405

A smooth and exceptionally well turned-out cut of Southern MOR. Brief it may be, but his expertly assembled gang of desperadoes deliver some glorious moments.

74
Pitchfork

L.A.-based auteur Michael Collins crafts a pristine portrait of early-’70s AM radio by taking inspiration not only from the period’s definitive artists, but its discarded pop detritus, too.

70
Exclaim!

Raw Honey is a seductive and catchy pop record bearing its '60s rock influence openly and proudly.

70
Loud and Quiet

Approaching feelings of loneliness and anxiety with a refreshing sincerity, the album is a welcome antidote to our modern cynicism.

60
The Line of Best Fit

Raw Honey is a rarity of a record: it’s the glint that catches your eye, the double-take – a curiosity, hidden in plain sight.

bajafrecuencia
60
Heavily nostalgic, but somehow enjoyable. Its notorious base on sixties psychedelic rock takes most of the fun off, but my love for some of the influences this LP has, makes it quite a product of entertainment. The production is pretty raw and some of the performances don't live to their influences.

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VividAids
74
fuck me weyes blood is on this. 10/10 AOTY
LilGatorade
55
Lost in my dream sounds like a knockoff of the Beatles
usedtobe
85
Richly nostalgic, playful psych pop sophomore effort that is drenched with breezy guitar tones and blissful harmonies. Sweet as honey.
CheapandLethal
65
Better stuff out there
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Track List

  1. You've Got to Be Kidding
  2. Honey (feat. Weyes Blood)
  3. Lonely (feat. Harley and the Hummingbirds)
  4. Lost in My Dream
  5. Fools
  6. If You Don't Know Now, You Never Will
  7. Wild Motion (feat. Dougie Poole)
  8. London Nightmare
  9. Ending on a Hi Note
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Added on: February 16, 2019