Expectation for the new album from London-based Healthy Junkies has been particularly high, especially since their sophomore disc “The Lost Refuge” has completely sold out on CD. Two years later and a festive treat is in store as the wait is finally over. With the ever-present band nucleus of lead singer Nina Courson and guitarist Phil Honey Jones at its core, the release of new long-player “Box Of Chaos” sees Healthy Junkies rounding off a year of hard gigging.
The first track “Nice n Sleazy” is exactly that – you could almost be forgiven for thinking you’re in for 50 minutes of cock-rock but the sleaze-tinged riff and Nina’s breathy, self-assured vocals are evidence of a far more sophisticated affair. It’s not long before the bands’ punk sensibilities are in full effect with the frantic chorus and Blondie-esque verses to the following track “Never Want It Again.”
They also prove they can do slow and soulful on tracks such as “Danny Trash”, “D7” and “Captive” (before breaking out into their trademark rock-out choruses, of course) as well as fast and frenetic, as demonstrated on the rather wonderful “Hypocrite”. Probably the most appealing aspect to listeners (we are Rock and Metal fans, after all) is the “we don’t give a …” attitude which is evidenced in abundance, especially on the likes of “I Don’t Give A Damn” and “Je Suis Free.”
The album manages to sound professional without being over-produced, which is an achievement in itself to maintain that garage-rock sound when you’re 3 albums in and improving at every turn. The vocals are absolutely lovely and captivating throughout. All in all it’s a triumphant finale to 2015 for Healthy Junkies, and a prelude to what is bound to be a busy and hopefully rewarding New Year.
All in all it’s a triumphant finale to 2015 for Healthy Junkies, and a prelude to what is bound to be a busy and hopefully rewarding New Year.