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Raw Honey


Raw Honey

Second album of pop / psych rock from Michael Collins includes guest vocals from vocals Natalie Mering (Weyes Blood)

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Mexican Summer
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  1. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    A collection of authentic songs about self-discovery and understanding, is a force to be reckoned with and a real triumph
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  2. 8.0 |   NME

    Drugdealer's second album is a collection '70s-tinged soft-rock jams to head out on your own Magical Mystery Tour, and proof of the power of song
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  3. 8.0 |   DIY

    A whimsical collection
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  4. 8.0 |   Uncut

    This is another unhurried set of expertly played FM gold. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   Q

    Historic recreation pop, yes, but it presents beautifully. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   All Music

    Michael Collins oversees all the players like a chilled-out Brian Wilson, the band fits together like blocks of hashish, and if the listener isn't completely relaxed by the time the record is over, they should likely seek medical attention
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  7. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Aptly titled work of 9 simply glorious tunes
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  8. 7.9 |   Northern Transmission

    Raw Honey would certainly fit in with the myriad of excellent hybrid folk pop albums that emerged during the 60’s, but stands as an anomaly with the present day musical fare
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  9. 7.5 |   The 405

    The second Drugdealer album isn’t quite the knockout it could have been, but it easily delivers on the promise of Collins’ debut. If his idea is to let this latest incarnation stick around for a while, we’re in for a real treat
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  10. 7.4 |   Pitchfork

    L.A.-based auteur Michael Collins crafts a pristine portrait of early-’70s AM radio by taking inspiration not only from the period’s definitive artists, but its discarded pop detritus, too
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  11. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    Raw Honey is a seductive and catchy pop record bearing its '60s rock influence openly and proudly. An homage to the past, Raw Honey is nostalgic, romantic, and joyful
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  12. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    A remarkably refreshing take on bubbling soft rock, a gentle, meandering slice of summer time
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  13. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Approaching feelings of loneliness and anxiety with a refreshing sincerity, the album is a welcome antidote to our modern cynicism
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  14. 6.4 |   Earbuddy

    The retro charm of this classic songwriting wears out fairly quickly on Raw Honey
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  15. 6.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Raw Honey is a rarity of a record: it’s the glint that catches your eye, the double-take – a curiosity, hidden in plain sight
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