Valet
Naked Acid


3.5
great

Review

by Andrew H. EMERITUS
July 14th, 2008 | 11 replies | 6,627 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Honey Owens' second solo album is a lush and incredibly vibrant journey that sounds quite unlike anything else.

Between running a second-hand clothing store and a venue, running a record label and being a sometimes member of bands like Jackie-O Motherfucker and Atlas Sound, Portland musician Honey Owens somehow finds time to write and release music under her solo moniker Valet. Naked Acid is her second release following on from last year's Blood is Clean and though it's not an entirely consistent record, it is certainly one of the most texturally gorgeous released this year. Spanning seven tracks, Naked Acid delivers a trippy, ethereal journey through Owens' imagination and ultimately creates a unique, flowing and incredibly pretty release. The album is centred around Owens' interesting, unorthodox, almost bluesy guitar work and her lazy vocal style, with contributions from Adrian Orange (vocals on "We Went There") and Mark Evan Burden (drums on tracks 3-5).

Sonically, Naked Acid is a difficult record to describe. It's generally quiet, but it sounds enormous and its full of sounds and textures that are basically unique to it. In terms of her guitar work, Owens spends most of the record noodling sloppily in fuzzy tones over sparse percussion and ambient noises. Vocally, she's just as a casual, warbling almost-understandable lines in a soft, pretty alto voice. Certainly, Naked Acid is not a very rhythmic album; in fact most of the percussion seems like an afterthought. No, this is a record that chooses to focus on texture above all else and is resultantly a fascinating, relaxing and gorgeous listen.

Unfortunately, this approach does have its drawbacks, particularly in the songwriting department. Certainly the majority of the record is at least very good, but a couple of songs that are perhaps less texturally interesting such as "Fire" are pleasant but ultimately a little uninteresting. Naked Acid is certainly not a 'songs' album, but as an 'album' album, there are a few moments that let the overall product down. Of course, there's plenty on the record to make up for it; the subtle, tingly percussion and vocal harmonies of "We Went There", the dense, haunting and lush atmosphere of "Drum Movie", the incredible spacey guitar tone and the soaked-in-reverb vocals of "Kehaar", the crazy trip of "Fuck It" and the remarkably organic drum loops of "Streets", just to name a few highlights. Ultimately this is a trippy, lush and beautiful release and the combination of Owens' gorgeous vocals with her excellent guitar work creates a sound that is truly singular. If Owens is able to iron out the minor creases present in Naked Acid, her next release is sure to be nothing short of amazing.



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foreverendeared
July 14th 2008



14678 Comments


really good review. i'll check this out as it sounds like something i'd enjoy

Neoteric
July 14th 2008



3243 Comments


Good review, I agree.

Zebra
Moderator
July 14th 2008



2647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this album is pleasant and everything but I didn't really see anything amazing about it. i agree with most of this review but I actually liked the last three songs the best.

Giza
July 16th 2008



20 Comments


You managed to use both the words "sonically" and "motherfucker" in the same review and still sound incredibly professional. Great review.

Kage
July 16th 2008



1173 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This album is good for a listen, but ultimately pretty shallow.

natey
July 16th 2008



4170 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I don't like this much.

Kage
July 16th 2008



1173 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I was jazzed about it when it first came out, but even in these few months it's aged poorly.

jeremologyy
July 17th 2008



268 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i personally love this
and though it's not as cohesive as blood is clean
i actually like listening to it more

barbarian
July 19th 2008



341 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Some neat sounds on this, but for people wanting to trip out in 2008 I would recommend Cloudland Canyon's Lie in Light first.

brandtweathers
July 20th 2008



2007 Comments


i wish every reviewer would tack on a couple of tracks

DeafMetal
February 15th 2011



8584 Comments


Okay album.



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