The Honeymoon Is Over

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The Honeymoon Is Over
Studio album by The Cruel Sea
Released May 1993
Recorded mid-1992, December 1992 – February 1993
Genre Indie rock
Length 46:55
Label Red Eye, Polydor
Producer The Cruel Sea, Tony Cohen, Mick Harvey
The Cruel Sea chronology
This Is Not the Way Home
(1991)
The Honeymoon Is Over
(1993)
Three Legged Dog
(1995)
Singles from The Honeymoon Is Over
  1. "Black Stick"
    Released: December 1992
  2. "The Honeymoon Is Over"
    Released: July 1993
  3. "Woman with Soul"
    Released: October 1993
  4. "Seems Twice"
    Released: February 1994

The Honeymoon Is Over is the third studio album by Australian indie rock band The Cruel Sea, which was released in May 1993.[1] The album was produced by the band, Tony Cohen and Mick Harvey for Red Eye Records.[2] It peaked at No. 4 on the ARIA Albums Chart and has sold over 140,000 copies.[1][3] Its lead single, "Black Stick" was released ahead of the album in December 1992 and peaked at No. 25 on the related Singles Chart.[3] The title song, "The Honeymoon Is Over", was released in July 1993 as a single and reached the Top 50.[3] It was followed by a cover of Tony Joe White's 1969 song, "Woman with Soul", in October which did not chart.[3] The final single from the album, "Seems Twice", was issued in February 1994.[3]

In 1994, the band won five ARIA Awards: 'Single of the Year' and 'Song of the Year' for "The Honeymoon Is Over"; 'Album of the Year', 'Best Group' and 'Producer of the Year' for The Honeymoon Is Over.[4][5][6]

Background[edit]

The Cruel Sea was formed in late 1987 in Sydney by Jim Elliot on drums and Dan Rumour (aka Daniel Atkins) on guitar.[2] By late 1988, Ken Gormly had joined on bass guitar and James Cruickshank on keyboards and guitars.[1][7] In 1989, the band invited vocalist Tex Perkins, also a member of Beasts of Bourbon, to join them on-stage.[1][7] The group signed with Red Eye Records and released their debut album, Down Below, in December. Their second album, This Is Not the Way Home was issued in December 1991.[1]

In December 1992 they released, "Black Stick" as a single, which peaked at No. 25 on the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Singles Chart.[3] It was issued ahead of their third album, The Honeymoon Is Over which was produced by the band, Tony Cohen (The Birthday Party, Beasts of Bourbon) and Mick Harvey (Robert Forster, Anita Lane) of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Released in May 1993, it peaked at No. 4 on the ARIA Albums Chart, and sold over 140,000 copies.[1][3] The title song, "The Honeymoon Is Over" reached the Top 50 in August.[3] It was followed by a cover of White's 1969 song, "Woman with Soul", which did not chart. The final single from the album, "Seems Twice", was issued in February 1994.[3]

Late in 1994, the group toured Europe, again supporting Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. They followed with a headlining tour across Europe and to Canada.[1] On the Triple J Hottest 100, 1993, three tracks from The Honeymoon Is Over appeared, "The Honeymoon Is Over" at No. 9, "Black Stick" (No. 21) and "Delivery Man" (No. 95).[8]

Reception[edit]

Professional reviews[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 7/10 stars [9]

Allmusic's Tom Demalon said the album "blends organic, rootsy instrumentation with clever, well-written lyrics to produce an album that is a joy from start to finish".[9] Randy Krbechek of Metronews was impressed, "[It] is a treat. From the instrumental tracks (such as the North African-influenced "Orleans Stomp" and the pop-rock, "Seems Twice") to rock cuts like "Better Than Love" and "Black Stick", The Cruel Sea delivers the goods".[10]

Reviewed in Rolling Stone Australia at the time of the release, it was said that the album differed from the band's previous releases because of the Cajun feel that permeated the album. Tony Cohen's production was particularly praised. The music was described as, "part Elvis Sun Sessions guitar twang, part Booker T-inspired instrumental groove, part Tom Waits percussive and lyrical growl, and a lot of Southern American country influence à la Tony Joe White's "Polk Salad Annie".[11]

Accolades[edit]

At the ARIA Music Awards of 1994, The Cruel Sea won 'Single of the Year' and 'Song of the Year' for "The Honeymoon Is Over", 'Album of the Year', 'Best Group' and 'Producer of the Year' (Tony Cohen)[6] for The Honeymoon Is Over and received five further nominations including 'Best Cover Art' by Kristyna Higgins and Jan Manby.[4][5][6] At an after-party, a drunken guest attacked Higgins, a professional photographer, and a fracas ensued with Perkins defending his partner. Also that night, two of their ARIA trophies were stolen.[1]

In October 2010, The Honeymoon Is Over was listed in the book, 100 Best Australian Albums.[12]

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1993 Australian ARIA Albums Chart[3] 4
New Zealand RIANZ Albums Chart[13] 33

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Orleans Stomp" (Daniel Atkins)[14] – 2:47
  2. "The Honeymoon Is Over" (Atkins, Gregory Perkins (see Tex Perkins), James Watson)[15] – 3:06
  3. "Delivery Man" (Atkins, Perkins, Watson)[16] – 5:08
  4. "The Right Time" (Atkins)[17] – 2:43
  5. "Black Stick" (Atkins, Perkins)[18] – 4:58
  6. "Sly Din" (Atkins (aka Dan Rumour))[19] – 3:07
  7. "Naked Flame" (Atkins, Perkins, Watson)[20] – 4:11
  8. "Woman with Soul" (Tony Joe White)[21] – 3:51
  9. "Seems Twice" (Atkins)[22] – 2:46
  10. "Better than Love" (Atkins, Perkins, Watson)[23] – 4:24
  11. "X-N-Pop" (Watson)[24] – 2:40
  12. "Let's Lay Down Here and Make Love" (Atkins, Perkins, Watson)[25] – 3:36
  13. "Blame It on the Moon" (Gene Thomas)[26] – 3:38

Personnel[edit]

The Cruel Sea members

  • Jim Elliott – drums, percussion
  • Dan Rumour – guitars, percussion
  • James Cruickshank – keyboards, guitar, backing vocals, percussion
  • Ken Gormly – bass guitar, percussion
  • Tex Perkins – vocals, harmonica, guitar

Additional musicians

  • Geoff Hales – percussion
  • Ross Hannaford – guitar
  • Mick Harvey – tambourine, xylophone

Production details

  • Producer – The Cruel Sea, Tony Cohen, Mick Harvey
  • Mastering – Don Bartley
  • Engineer – Tony Cohen
  • Editing, sequencing – David Macquarie
  • Studio – Metropolis and Atlantis (Melbourne)
    • Planet (Perth) – "Black Stick"

Art work

  • Cover art – Kristyna Higgins, Jan Manby
    • Cover photo – Kristyna Higgins
    • Concept – Tex Perkins
    • Photography – Tex Perkins, Kristyna Higgins

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h McFarlane, Ian (1999). The Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. 'The Cruel Sea' entry. Retrieved 13 November 2010.
  2. ^ a b Holmgren, Magnus; Georgieff, Didier. "The Cruel Sea". Australian Rock Database. Passagen.se (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Discography The Cruel Sea". Australian charts portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 13 November 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "ARIA Awards 2010 : History: Winners by Artist: Cruel Sea The". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 8 November 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "ARIA Awards 2010 : History: Winners by Year: 1994 8th Annual ARIA Awards". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 8 November 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c Baker, Glenn A. (16 April 1994). "New Artists, Indie Labels Dominate Australian Music Awards". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media): 51. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Nimmervoll, Ed. "The Cruel Sea". Howlspace – The Living History of Our Music (Ed Nimmervoll). White Room Electronic Publishing Pty Ltd. Archived from the original on 20 March 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "1993 history triple j hottest 100 - 2008 triple j". Triple J. Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Retrieved 14 November 2010. 
  9. ^ a b Demalon, Tom. "The Honeymoon Is Over > Review". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  10. ^ Krbechek, Randy (29 March 1995). "Reviews of The Cruel Sea – The Honeymoon Is Over". Metronews (CD Shakedown). Archived from the original on 9 May 2006. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  11. ^ Brown, Amanda (August 1993). "The Honeymoon Is Over". Rolling Stone Australia (Sydney, NSW: Tilmond Pty Ltd) (486): page 86. 
  12. ^ O'Donnell, John; Creswell, Toby; Mathieson, Craig (October 2010). 100 Best Australian Albums. Prahran, Vic: Hardie Grant Books. ISBN 978-1-74066-955-9. 
  13. ^ "Discography The Cruel Sea". New Zealand charts portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  14. ^ ""Orleans Stomp" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 13 November 2010. 
  15. ^ ""The Honeymoon Is Over" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 13 November 2010. 
  16. ^ ""Delivery Man" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 13 November 2010. 
  17. ^ ""The Right Time" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 13 November 2010. 
  18. ^ ""Black Stick" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 13 November 2010. 
  19. ^ ""Sly Din" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 13 November 2010. 
  20. ^ ""Naked Flame" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 13 November 2010. 
  21. ^ ""Woman with Soul" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 13 November 2010. 
  22. ^ ""Seems Twice" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 13 November 2010. 
  23. ^ ""Better than Love" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 13 November 2010. 
  24. ^ ""X-N-Pop" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 13 November 2010. 
  25. ^ ""Let's Lay Down Here and Make Love" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 13 November 2010. 
  26. ^ ""Blame It on the Moon" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 13 November 2010. 

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