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Album Review

The Honeymoon Is Over by the Australian five-piece band the Cruel Sea blends organic, rootsy instrumentation with clever, well-written lyrics to produce an album that is a joy from start to finish. Produced by the band with Tony Cohen lending a hand, the record hails its entrance with the instrumental "Orleans Stomp," a Cajun-influenced cut complete with bluesy organ and xylophone. Lead singer Tex Perkins finally unleashes his vocals on the title track. His deep, weathered baritone is the perfect delivery for this kiss-off song including the wry lyric, "Gonna send you back from wherever the hell it was you came, then I'm gonna get this tattoo changed to another girl's name." The remainder of the album mixes more loose-groove instrumentals with other standout cuts like "Delivery Man," a bracing slab of double entendre blues-rock and "Let's Lay Down Here & Make Love" with a slight reggae lilt that makes the song playful. It is impossible not to sway your hips to the Cruel Sea's infectious grooves and equally as difficult not to chuckle aloud at the wry lyrical observations of their lyrics. A true delight.

Customer Reviews

So good I bought it twice.

This was one of my favourite albums in my uni days - back in the day when you had to bring CD's everywhere. I lost it at a party once and have now been able to get it again thanks to the Aussie content on iTunes. Favourite songs are Honeymoon and Delivery Man but the album is a great one to just have on when you are pottering around the house.

Who wrote the official review?

Sounds like it was written by my Grandma ("a true delight..."). Lead singer of The Cruel Sea of course was Tex Perkins, not James Cruickshank, who was the keyboard/guitarist and probably sang some back up. Their best album was 'This is Not The Way Home', which contained a cover of John Wayne's 'Better Get a Lawyer', but 'Down Below' is good too. 'The Honeymoon is Over' is ok without being anything special. edit: Hey, looks like iTunes is listening - they edited the review...

first time caller long time listener

smooth as a great bourbon blunt as a dull it


Formed: 1987 in Sydney, Australia

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

By bringing together two very different influences, almost like adding oil to water, the Cruel Sea created a style of rock which extended Australian rock & roll culture and, at the same time, made them one of the most successful Australian groups of the '90s. It started as an idea guitarist Danny Rumour had carried with him since his days in punk rock bands. As a regular at a Sydney pub, whenever a band cancelled or there was no gig on, Rumour would jump on stage with a few local musicians and...
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