Monday, 13 May 2013

Honeyz 'End Of The Line'

Chart Peak: 5

If you're a fan of R&B, Heavenli, Celena and Naima are the hottest new names to drop... Following the success of debut single 'Finally Found', the Honeyz returned to the Top 5 with the gorgeous ballad 'End Of The Line' in December 1998.
As I've mentioned before, Honeyz were one of those acts who never quite seemed to reach the tipping point, in an era when a consistent run of Top 10 singles didn't exactly prove you were a viable star. They slipped between the cracks enough that even their allegedly official Youtube channel only has a partial version of the video. On the upside, I was able to find the original version of the song, recorded in 1995 by a quartet of three Malay singers and one Indonesian. This version follows the arrangement almost slavishly, except that the chorus melody is a little flatter. Ironically, considering the demanding lyric, the music and production are decidedly average, and at a time when RnB - particularly when female-fronted - could be quite experimental, this hardly qualifies as hot in any way.

It turns out somebody does remember them though, as they're currently part of the Big Reunion tour. They were in Manchester a couple of weeks ago.

Also appearing on: Now 41, 43, 44, 45
Available on: The Big Reunion

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