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31 Days of Music: The Best of 2013 – Day 5 – Robert Pollard – Honey Locust Honky

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Welcome to Day 5! What would a best of list be with some music from Robert Pollard in some form or another. I am pretty sure he has made it onto each of my end of the year best of lists. This year he is at Number 27 with his solo record Honey Locust Honky Tonk (HLHT).

Pollard’s music is far from conventional yet you can still hear his love for bands like the Who and the Beatles all over the place. His songs tend to be better when kept under three minutes and that is exactly what he has done on HLHT. Don’t let the name fool you, there is nothing at all resembling honky tonk music on this record. Pollard has not channeled his inner cowboy nor moved to Nashville, however he has loaded it with everything good about his music. HHLT is a little more pop infused than most of his solo work but it still keeps the lo-fi sound he has mastered, “Drawing A Picture” and “He Requested Things” are great examples of this. It’s not all pop and rainbows, leading with fuzzy guitars, the tracks “Flash Gordon Style” and “Her Eyes Play Tricks On the Camera” bring some serious rock to the record and “Strange And Pretty Day” is sparse and scratchy as if recorded on an old cassette recorder in a basement. My favorite track on the album is “I Killed A Man Who Looks Like You”. Jaunty acoustic guitars and somber lyrics make it a song that needs to be played on repeat.

Some say when it comes to music Pollard has no filter as he releases anything and everything that gets recorded. While some may not be the greatest in the world, it is gems like HLHT that make wading through the rest well worth it.

31 Days of Music: Best of 2013

31 - Futurebirds - Baba Yaga
30 - Mike Snowden - One Man Cigar Box Guitar Band Live
29 - Teen Getaway - Hits and Missives
28 - Barrence Whitfield & the Savages - Dig Thy Savage Soul
27 - Robert Pollard - Honey Locust Honky Tonk


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