What Comes After. It’s not clear if Adam Levy, frontman and creative force behind The Honeydogs, meant the title of their 10th studio release (and first full-length effort since 2006) as a statement or a question. The album’s songs merge simpler lyrical content of early works with the deceptively sophisticated music making of The Honeydogs more recent offerings.
Written in a short spell and recorded in just 5 ½ days, these lilting, memorable tunes lent themselves to a bare-bones recording approach. With shades of Leonard Cohen, Nilsson, Nick Drake, and Tony Joe White the band has created a soul folk and country record tracked as an ensemble with minimal overdubs.
Despite it’s sense of ease, the album still brings moments of unabashed rock, including the impassioned title track and the psychadelic prog number "Devil We Do". On What Comes After, the band truly marries it’s original roots sensibility with complex orchestral pop and soul arrangements.
After 16 years together, the band has weathered successes and missteps, raised children, seen loves come and go, and throughout, thrived as an ensemble even when it seemed that no one was noticing. Yet with their maturity and experience, Levy never lets the band assert conceit—instead of answers, What Comes After asks questions, ponders the little things, and carries the listener along with gently lingering melodies and poetics. Sometimes it is the simplest of things that stay with you—and this collection of songs will surely cling to your heart.
"Possibly the band’s finest release"
-Hal Horowitz, American Songwriter
"A fine purveyor of pop"
-Al Kooper, The Morton Report
-Tom Lanham, Paste Magazine
"Best from the Honeydogs in years"
-Bill Wilcox, Twangville
"One of their best albums yet"
-Keith Goetzman, Utne
"Bruce Springsteen would be proud"
"Best CD of their career"
-Barb Abney, MPR
"Perfected the craft of songwriting"
-Ken Kelley, MusicNerd Chronicles (Canada)
"Powerful alchemy of pop, soul, and Americana"
-Tim Gihring, Minnesota Monthly
"Superb pop album"
-Robert Starr, The Daily Texan
"Summarized roots-rock with an expert touch"
"8 out of 10 rating; Most immediately appealing"
-Bud Scoppa, Uncut (United Kingdom)
"The Honeydogs' music captures the Zeitgeist of this anxious era."
"The Honeydogs borrow from psychedelia, power pop, folk-rock, jazz, and bossa nova, without ever slavishly mimicking any one."
-New York Daily News
"Levy continues to be one of the best songwriters of our time."
"...smart, scruffy and scintillating music, refreshingly unconcerned with trends or the latest sounds."
"The band zips effortlessly through different sounds and styles... Levy's clever lyrics and unusual imagery make clear how much he loves the malleability of the English language."