Honkey Kong

Album Review of Honkey Kong by Boots Electric.

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Honkey Kong

Boots Electric

Honkey Kong by Boots Electric

Release Date: Sep 20, 2011
Record label: Dangerbird Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Dance

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Honkey Kong - Fairly Good, Based on 3 Critics

PopMatters - 70
Based on rating 7/10
70

Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes shows up with plenty of danceable grooves for the people via this 10-song slab of fun. Opening with “Complexity,” an easy-to-digest three minute platter that doesn’t really add up to much more than Hughes tossing out some cool beats and dashing off the word “shit” a few times, and closing with the rockabilly-ish “Swallowed By The Night”, Honkey Kong isn’t more than some carefree rock ‘n’ roll, nothing more, nothing less. “Love You All The Thyme” is an appropriately neo-psychedelic-cum-pure pop number that imagines a marriage between Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and, in a weird, weird, way, Rilo Kiley––perhaps it’s the sense of soul and the handclaps that account for the latter.

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Rock Sound - 70
Based on rating 7/10
70

Eagles Of Death Metal man gets electric on his own... Best known for his dirty and danceable garage rock tendencies, ‘Honkey Kong’ sees Eagles Of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes marching to a different, though no less erotic beat, as Boots Electric. A blend of electronic beats, keyboard-heavy dance grooves and hip-shaking pop underpinned by distorted guitar lines, this is funky and enjoyable stuff.

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Drowned In Sound - 60
Based on rating 6/10
60

There’s a part of me that sincerely thinks that Boots Electric is the greatest rock star of all time. For the uninitiated (and you guys have really been missing out), Boots Electric, a.k.a. Jesse ‘The Devil’ Hughes, is one sleazily charismatic, wickedly entertaining half of Eagles Of Death Metal – Josh Homme’s ‘other band’. Honkey Kong is Hughes’s first solo effort since EODM’s flamboyantly catchy, lady-killing rock‘n’roll first caught the world’s attention back in 2004.

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