Sukpatch have a tradition of starting their releases with a slamming, impossible-to-ignore track. On their Honky Tonk Operation EP that track would be "Fleet," a fantastically catchy and upbeat pop song with pinched, reedy singing that still manages somehow to swagger on the strength of its irresistible beat. The only problem with "Fleet" is that it sets a standard the rest of the album just can't live up to. There's nothing particularly bad about this EP, it's just that the songs are less memorable and melodically compelling than Sukpatch's typical offerings. The whimsical "Lake Funt Property" comes closest to their usual standard, but still fails to make a substantial impact. "Langdon on Hi" gets some mileage out of some Latin-textured beats, but the song itself can't match the backing music. And slower grooves like "Sile Contusion" and "Keys East" completely lack any kind of melodic hook. Honky Tonk Operation is certainly a must for the serious Sukpatch fan, but those new to their sound should start with Haulin' Grass and Smokin' Ass.
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AllMusic Review by Mark Richardson