Aleixa – “Honey Lake” (1996)

In the late 90s, I was a teenager who had found part of his longed-for “identity” in buying the weirdest CDs to be found in Christian music magazine. I wanted to be Christian, yes, but different from other Christians. Naturally, I was attracted to the Jesus Freaks movement. And naturally, I had to get this CD as soon as I read about it.

The thing that sets “Honey Lake” apart is its mixture of styles: Electronica with pop melodies (so far so Plumb), metal guitars, female soprano/alto vocals, and disgruntled lyrics. Wow…

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Honestly, as with nearly all projects that are vaguely connected to the “New York Posse” (as this one seems to be, judging by the shout-outs in the booklet) the lyrics contained negative emotions that the typical Christian teenager is afraid of feeling.

“I’ve got a life that ain’t worth living
I’ve got a life that I want to give back
I know you’d be better off without me
There’s too much pain, baby…”

Wow.

Looking back, I don’t know whether listening to this CD has done me any good, psychologically, or not. I would suspect that it has. Thanks, Aleixa, for the boldness. The Christian scene had become a bit stale by the mid-nineties. Thanks for being different. Even if that honesty required a disclaimer in the booklet at the time. That’s all I’d like to say.

And hey, I still really like some of the tunes to this day – some good vocal harmonies, especially on the songs towards the end of the album. (Not the very last track though, which is a synth-pop remix by The Echoing Green, which I am not very fond of.) I could have done with more of the mysterious-sounding fifth track or the dreamy opening track “Rain in the Air”, however…

In one sentence: Avant-garde pop/electronica/post-industrial/metal with interesting female vocals and anger-management lyrics that boldly go into regions of despair where few Christian artists have gone before.

relaxed          _ _ _ X _ aggressive

introspective _ _ _ _ X  outspoken

rough       _ _ X _ _ polished

juvenile  X _ _ _ _ mature

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2 thoughts on “Aleixa – “Honey Lake” (1996)

  1. If you like the debut and haven’t heard the follow-up “Disfigured” yet, prepare yourself, because it’s even better than “Honey Lake”, and one of my favorite albums of the late 90’s. It sounds even more refined, is heavier overall, has a greater fusion of pop, industrial, dance, and metal sounds, and is just fantastic.

    And I quite liked “Wow + Flutter” (5th track), but there’s no equivalent on “Disfigured” – it’s all pretty uptempo, save for the mostly techno dance first track.

  2. Yes, I have heard (and own) “Disfigured” – it was many years later though, and I might have already been too old to approve of it too much…
    Somehow it never hit me like the debut did.

    I agree about the more mellow tracks on “Honey Lake” (even though “Wow + Flutter” is not the fifth track) and miss them, too. The second album does have its fine moments, though. I like the industrial sounds on the title track and the sheer weirdness of “Only Roses” (which I included on a digital mix tape here.)

    Take care!

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