The Honeybees

Bees Sides

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Led by the tight harmonies of lead singers Barbara Clifford and Rachel Decker, the Honeybees are nominally a rockabilly act. But while there are some smoking rockabilly tunes on their debut album, elements of pure country, appealingly cornball '50s pop and Western swing percolate through these 12 purely enjoyable songs. In fact, the album's best track, the dead-cool kiss-off "Seeing Green" owes way more to Peggy Lee than Carl Perkins, and the equally swell "Teardrops from My Eyes" tips its hat to Les Paul & Mary Ford. The more pure rockabilly tracks are equally fine, but the refreshing aspect of Bees Sides is that bands so committed to a completely retro style (there are basically no musical reference points after about 1961 here) rarely explore so many different aspects of the past at once. That sense of exploration and restructuring keeps the Honeybees from being just mere born-too-late revivalists.

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