Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears might be a tad off the ninebullets.net beaten path, but that don’t mean they don’t have a place on the site. Hell, Romeo wrote a guest post about them way back before he was an official contributor here on the site and I asked The Weary Boys about him in an interview back in 2006. He was playing SxSW last year and I marked it as one of my do not miss shows, and man am I glad I didn’t. The energy coming off that stage made me forget that I had walked 15 miles the day before and had spent the major portion of the current day on my feet with no food and too much beer. It was one of those shows you walk away from saying, “I will never miss a live show of theirs in (insert your hometown here) again.” And I won’t. However, we’re here to talk about the album, not their awesome stage presence and show.
Scandalous is a sex record. I can’t think of any plainer way to put it. You got a girl coming over for dinner, are you gonna put Lucero on? Maybe, but there is a slight chance she won’t dig it. Those chances are nullified by the horns, grooves and soul of Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears. You’ve got a party where folks are being a little too uptight and sticking in their own social circles? Pull out a bottle of vodka and put Scandalous on the radio but be careful, ‘cause if you let bitch play on repeat someone will probably end up getting fucked in your bathroom. You couple this album with the latest Black Keys album and you’ll end up responsible for a couple of pregnancies.
So, needless to say, this album is Essential Listening.