AOTY 2021

Written & Directed

Black Honey - Written & Directed
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2021 Ratings: #371 / 671
User Score
Based on 137 ratings
2021 Ratings: #647
Liked by 4 people
March 19, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
Foxfive / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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Raucous and unflinching, the ten tracks are a visionary confessional for the riot of 2021, capturing in space and time an industry and a world that rests its laurels on out-dated patriarchy, and planting the flag for fierce, strong women everywhere.


Inspired by grindhouse cinema, female cinematic representation and kitschy pulp films, 'Written & Directed' is a bonafide soundtrack dedicated to empowerment and Black Honey's pop culture heroes - continuing to prove themselves and push boundaries.


‘Written & Directed’ sees the quartet evolving into the rock outfit they’d always threatened to be.


‘Written And Directed’ is a thrilling step up from a band quietly coming into their own.

The Forty-Five

By the end of the album, the biggest takeaway from ‘Written & Directed’ is of a band able to splash a hell of a lot of colour onto their canvas.


With horns and choirs one moment, colliding with crunching guitars in the next, it’s the sound of a band that have pulled no punches, not compromising their vision in the slightest and yet still seems even more sharply focussed than their debut.

Classic Rock

Their sugar-coated badass swagger might be toothless and adolescent, but sometimes teenage dreams are hard to beat.


Black Honey open up a world of nostalgia that combines exotic elements of cult cinema with the novelty of America’s wild west, and deliver something bespoke in the process.

The Arts Desk

Unlike contemporaries such as Wolf Alice and Pumerosa, Black Honey dump subtlety in favour of sheer rockin' wattage. And it works!

The Guardian

If at times it can all sound a bit forced – Disinfect in particular is all bluster and no purpose – they get it right more than they do wrong.

It's a fun record. He does not intend and does not want to be taken seriously, and he does his job well.
It is a pleasant record, and it seems to me that it fits very well to play on a sunny afternoon while washing the car.

The songs make a very crazy mix of Surf Music, grunge, some passages that refer to psychedelic rock, industrial, and even coutry at times.
Obviously not all of these genres are present 100% of the time, which we have are many influences that contribute to building a unique ... read more
I’ve never heard Black Honey before, but my period out was peaked when I saw their vintage, 70’s movie inspired album art. While their marketing clearly worked, I came into an album cold based off aesthetic choices alone, “Written & Directed” was not the fun action movie this album promised and is arguably one of the least memorable albums of the year so far.

I’ve used a term before in a previous review - “Kohl’s Leather Jacket Rock” - that ... read more
cinematic tropes abound as usual with Black Honey, but are less dominant than in their earlier stuff. that's good, but they used the freedom to move closer to the middle of musical space instead of staying out on the edges where they thrive. part of this has to do with the charisma and stage presence of Izzy B. Phillips, their dynamic singer and bona fide "rock star". the broader appeal of Phillips has the potential to boost the band to commercial success and undo their carefully ... read more
It's alright mostly, but falls a little flat and is uninspiring.
After a promising first outing in 2018’s self titled debut Black Honey, the four piece from Brighton have delivered on the potential and produced a fantastic follow up that grooves as hard as it punches. Right from the off with the barnstorming I Like the Way You Die the band conjure up visions of cult cinema and messages of female empowerment with a confidence and swagger that oozes into the tracks that follow. The sounds and stories are consistent across the album, led in illustrious ... read more
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Added on: October 7, 2020