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The Honored Guests - Tastes Change Review

by Patrick Muldowney

Tastes Change walks out of a bog. Largely due to the introductory track, "The Race is Long", which follows structurally in the tradition of fellow Caroliners' Archers of Loaf, but is in tonal contrast, featuring hymnal keys and reverberating vocals. From this point, The Honored Guests could sink into psychedelic drudgery, but choose the fruitful path. During its more standard moments, Tastes Change has a style equivalent to Varnaline and The Doves, while the experimental instances sound like The Walkmen without the big city pretension. "Overcast" synthesizes both sides well, wondrously working like a drunken man ready to fall in the trough at any moment. Andrew Kinghorn accurately portrays the fragility of the song, often sounding like a backbeat that is nearly lost, but somehow emphasizes the stressed syllables of Captain Baggett, who openly admits, "When I get drunk, it's not a pretty sight."

Tastes Change walks out of a bog, and keeps walking. Sometimes its travels take us into the seedy parts of town, but they are well worth visiting if you're a guest of The Honored Guests.

Tracks added to Ipod: The Race is Long, Overcast, Summer Snow, Baby We're So Lost!, If You Lived Here…, Pray For You

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