Honey Locust Honky Tonk

Robert Pollard - Honey Locust Honky Tonk
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Based on 8 reviews
2013 Ratings: #321 / 955
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Based on 6 ratings
July 9, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
GBV Inc / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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It’s a consistent and, at times, deeply thoughtful record that is pleasantly familiar while offering occasional surprises. This easily stands up with the better end of Pollard’s work.


The album packs a hefty 17-song tracklist into a relatively succinct play time. Pollard builds it in a very purposeful way—one that could sidetrack the casual listener. 


Compared to the average Pollard album, especially those under his own name, Honey Locust Honky Tonk is softer, poppier, and less given to agro attempts to ROCK.

The Line of Best Fit

On Honky Tonk, Robert Pollard is reaching new heights and depths with his songcraft


Even at his most unedited and undigested, Pollard’s music still displays a joy in its own resourcefulness, a contentment in its own faith in the power of rock and roll to define a life. 


Sifting through Pollard's pop-fueled stream of consciousness hardly makes Jack a dull boy, as his acumen for the genre is almost as impressive as his productivity within it.

Consequence of Sound

While this approach might not draw in many new listeners, Honey Locust Honky Tonk’s sincerity and tact will certainly be appreciated by his established legion of diehard listeners.

Tiny Mix Tapes

It definitely rides up the top half of Pollard’s solo career league tables, but if you needed convincing of the possibility of that fact, you’d never hear it in the first place. 

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Track List

  1. He Requested Things
  2. Circus Green Machine
  3. Strange And Pretty Day 
  4. Suit Minus The Middle
  5. Drawing A Picture
  6. Who Buries The Undertaker
  7. She Hides In Black
  8. Her Eyes Play Tricks On The Camera
  9. Find A Word
  10. I Have To Drink
  11. Flash Gordon Style
  12. Igloo Hearts 
  13. Shielding Whatever Needs You
  14. I Killed A Man Who Looks Like You
  15. Real Fun Is No One's Monopoly
  16. It Disappears In The Least Likely Hands (We May Never Not Know)
  17. Airs
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