Before Michael Collins decided on the name Drugdealer he was alternately known as both Salvia Plath and Run DMT. As such, it might be best not to expect anything too serious from the Millennial Ariel Pink on his second Drugdealer LP Raw Honey. This is an album of possibly-post-ironic blue-eyed soul jams that sound like, I dunno, Bread or something. Raw Honey’s general air of disaffected frippery is aided by the fact that Mac Demarco produced this thing.
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I bet they had a right old wheeze making this. Serial name changer Michael Collins has already made one album of so-so blue eyed soul under this moniker but this time he's teamed up with Mac De Marco who sprawls over the producer's chair. Collins pals list is often superior to his abilities as a music maker and there are many guests here including Weyes Blood who saves the tedious 'classic rock' sprawlings of Honey with her Karen Carpenter-ish tones but weirdly Collins less tutored voice suits the material better. He has a thin, nasal voice which is kind of appealing in its utter uselessness.
What he's put together here is kind of a lo-fi Travelling Wilbury's album. It's full of Beatles harmonies, honky tonk piano and laid back the Eagles style melodies. Most of it gives me horrible flashbacks to being three and subjected to my dad's Little Feat records but I think there is genuine love for the material here by those making it and on Fools the guitar solo-ing and shards of sax are seemingly done without guffaw. It's a nice track and so I hope it has been made from a good place.
You are going to have to enjoy the 70s to like this though. The roll call of influence range from Elton John to 10CC to Steely Dan especially on the harmony drench of If You Don't Know Now, You Never Will, an FM weeper of the highest degree. I was ready to snap at this as another bunch of privileged millennials living out their yacht rock fantasies but I think they are trying to be good..... I think.
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