AOTY 2019

Honey

Katy B - Honey
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2016 Ratings: #658 / 763
User Score
Based on 58 ratings
2016 Ratings: #614
April 22, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Rinse, Virgin EMI / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
musicOMH
The difference with Katy B’s form of dance music is that her songs have real depth, and that no matter how many collaborators she works with, her personality comes through.
75
Consequence of Sound
Her appeal was never just her unusual sounds; here, the darkness of the lyrics, the feeling that you’re watching the singer’s self-esteem go into a nosedive, adds weight to what sounds, at first blush, like disposable fluff.
72
Resident Advisor

Honey lacks the coherence of her previous albums, but as a love letter to the rave it's eloquent and sincere.

70
Spin

It’s the spirit of community that defines Honey, a doting mixtape that cherishes the one thing that matters most to Katy B: club culture.

70
Loud and Quiet
If the contrasts in quality, and the ever-shifting styles, make for an inescapably bumpy listen, there’s a concurrent sense that ‘Honey’ was never designed to be heard from front to back in one session, anyway.
70
Rolling Stone
Katy B has a way to go in separating herself from the influx of R&B singers who dabble in dub, but she’s beginning to pave a path worth following.
70
Pitchfork

Where Little Red saw Katy throwing herself into the occasional ballad, Honey is reduced to a pure set of dance music; within these aesthetic limits, though, it may be her most varied record stylistically.

70
Clash
‘Honey’s’ strength is that it isn’t some life-affirming opus but a glossy, continuous mix playing in the background as you ready yourself for a night on the grind, probably exactly as Katy intended.
60
DIY
This is not the most cohesive body of work, granted, but oh man does it have some total bangers.
60
The Guardian
Three albums in ... it’s increasingly difficult to find the appeal of Brien as a vocalist.
60
NME
‘Honey’ suffers when its producers smooth out their rougher edges to accommodate Katy’s chart-star status.
50
AllMusic

Katy, whose almost regal quality now seems to be on the brink of being as visible as her everywoman traits, continues to evolve as a writer and vocalist. Honey nonetheless comes across as an attention-grabbing experiment more than it does a third proper full-length.

50
No Ripcord
Much of the album is powered by an inoffensive loop of bass, synth, and 4x4 beats with minor variations between each song, so that by the end the difference between tracks such Dark Delirium and Dreamers shrinks into oblivion.
30
Tiny Mix Tapes

Each new track bridges a stylistic deviation across the protean spectrum of “bass music,” but rather than highlighting the uncanny valleys between styles or simply eschewing the idea of genre altogether, Honey adopts an unabashedly pandering, “tribute” air reminiscent of the jazz standards compilations aging rock & roll singers release when they’ve exhausted their stores of radical self-reinvention.

PMM
69
Honey 6.7
Who Am I 6.9
So Far Away 6.8
Chase Me 6.6
Lose Your Head 6.9
I Wanna Be 8.2
Calm Down 6.6
Heavy 6.3
Turn the Music Louder (Rumble) 7.9
Dark Delirium 6.9
Water Rising 6.3
Dreamers 6.7
Honey (Outro) 6.8
JulianGomez974
72
Katy B returns with her most diverse yet less appealing record to date. I always thought she’s a fantastic writer and her vocal performance is just amazing, and I’m glad that continues to show in Honey, however, there are some parts where it seems she sacrifices her emotions for the bounciness of the production, like it was more important for the track to be a banger than a well-produced and reflexive dance tune. There are even moments where she loses her spark, like her emotions ... read more
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Track List

  1. Honey
  2. Who Am I
  3. So Far Away
  4. Chase Me
  5. Lose Your Head
  6. I Wanna Be
  7. Calm Down
  8. Heavy
  9. Turn the Music Louder (Rumble)
  10. Dark Delirium
  11. Water Rising
  12. Dreamers
  13. Honey (Outro)
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