AOTY 2021

Honeymoon

Beach Bunny - Honeymoon
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2020 Ratings: #320 / 821
User Score
Based on 526 ratings
2020 Ratings: #363
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CRITIC REVIEWS

87
Paste

Honeymoon never tries to be anything it isn’t—it’s just better at what it does than almost anyone else.

85
Northern Transmissions

‘Honeymoon’ is chocked full of anthems for the disenchanted, to be yelled back at shows or mouthed along to via your smartphone.

83
Consequence of Sound

With a ceaseless, buoyant energy that swims across a candid narrative, Trifilio flexes her masterful songwriting on an album bound to win the hearts of emo-punks and TikTok girls alike.

80
Rolling Stone

Trifilio is a very good songwriter with a lovely, somewhat folk-toned voice, and Beach Bunny are all good musicians who’ve attained an impressive amount of musical know-how in their few years together.

80
Dork

Feverishly fun, stuck-in-your-head moments, and full of glorious guitar-pop - 'Honeymoon' is a joyfully uplifting record that finds solace in heartbreak and hope.

80
The Observer

Beach Bunny’s debut full-length effort doesn’t disappoint: Honeymoon is a blast of upbeat indie-pop that in February sounds as anachronous as it is welcome.

80
Under The Radar

Honeymoon is an album rammed with effervescent melodies that are often so upbeat they seem at odds with the poignant and heartfelt lyrics. It’s an album in which Trifiilo and co. take their sound to a whole new level whilst losing none of their charm.

80
The Young Folks

It seems clear that the insecurities that are central to her earlier work and present on Honeymoon are fading.

70
Pitchfork

Chicago’s Lili Trifilio writes about heartache and insecurity with the wistful, plainspoken honesty of power-pop.

70
DIY

The band roam without a care, sporadic laid-back moments gelled with raucous vitality - a sensitive chemistry which Beach Bunny absolutely nail.

70
AllMusic

There's an endearing tenderness to Trifilio's personal songwriting style that mostly avoids emo clichés, and the band's cautiously buoyant indie pop walks the line between sweet and muscular on this solid debut.

70
No Ripcord

Though the album's 25 minutes are a bit one-note, there's no denying that Trifilio and her cohorts manage to sidestep some of the usual cliches with honesty and vigor.

60
The Skinny

Whilst it’s fair to say that the offering has been fine-tuned somewhat, it’s still a solid effort.

knewnie
85
god i loved this! first of all blah blah blah indie rock, blah blah over-saturated, blah blah blah boring blah i dont care. great female-led indie rock is my crack, i just cant get enough of it. sure there's a fair bit of uninspired and uninteresting indie rock getting released, but that's with all genres, and when some fantastic indie rock like Honeymoon rises up, it's just fucking addicting to me.

the debut album from Beach Bunny, Honeymoon is a tight, 25 minute burst of love in the modern ... read more
Marowhacker
58
yeah, it's fun, I guess. there's definitely some songwriting deficiencies and the vocals do leave a little to be desired, but as far as indie rock & power pop goes it's certainly passionate and trying to be unique in a fairly saturated genre.

honestly though? that new EP goes harder

(might start doing a few more short form reviews like this every so often. writing is hard, guys)

FAVOURITE TRACKS: MS. CALIFORNIA, PROMISES, DREAM BOY, REARVIEW

LEAST FAV TRACK: RACETRACK
nathanaskenazi
70
after previously being seriously impressed by beach bunny's self confident writing and production on their latest release, i didn't wait long until giving this album a try. the first thing i noticed was that lili's voice is clearly less polished than on the EP, where her vocal strength is superior. the mixing also takes a step down, as lili's vocals are drowned out by the guitar and it's pretty annoying after a while. lili's voice has its' time to shine on certain spots on this record, but for ... read more
Doublez
70
Honeymoon is in the continuity of its predecessor, and even if I think it doesn't do better, it has the merit of not doing less well. Their greatest strength, which is also one of their greatest limitations, is their sincere naivety, which both gives their songs that charm and also prevents them from making an album that stands out from the crowd.

In any case, it's just in time for Valentine's Day because it is concretely in the theme as much lyrically as musically. Although I too often have ... read more
gopxity
75
I don't know, I think I'll pretty much always like this sound. Sue me.

Favorite tracks: Promises, Cuffing Season, April, Colorblind, Dream Boy, Cloud 9
Least favorite: Ms. California
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Added on: October 31, 2019