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|Claire Holley||Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping|
|Danielle Howle||Background Vocals|
|Steve Graham||Acoustic Guitar, Bass|
|Nic Brown||Percussion, Drums|
|Will Straughan||Dobro, Lap Steel Guitar|
|Mike Garrigan||Background Vocals, Hand Clapping|
|Justin Rosolino||Electric Guitar, Background Vocals|
|Rob Seals||Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping, Slide Guitar|
|Chad Barger||Hammond Organ, fender rhodes|
|Steve Graham||Producer, Engineer|
|Mary Gunn||Graphic Design|
Posted October 1, 2010
There are two elements of this album that stand out in immediate relief. First is the exquisite recording quality, a sound that leaps from the speakers with an articulation uncommon to both indie and major-label releases. Second is the inscrutably memorable opening track, with a bluesy slide guitar and harmonica hook that drive the title's refrain deeply into one's song memory. Hum "Stuck in the Middle With You" (or something from Sheryl Crow's debut) in your head and you'll get the idea. ¶ The rest of Holley's fourth album is a mellower affair, pleasantly taking advantage of the production quality, but never quite living up to the spark of the lead. At times she sounds like an Americana version of UK singer Donna Lewis, with perhaps a twist of Jewel's (or '60s folky Melanie's) naiveté and Suzanne Vega's sophistication. The warmth of Holley's voice, and her laid-back delivery, adds mood to the music more than it carries a lyrical message. What sticks in with the listener are the melodies and musical colorations more than the story details. Holley's voice is so pretty that it can be difficult to focus beyond its sound as an instrument. ¶ "Henry's" is more effective in communicating the song's rainy-afternoon setting, delineated by the song's electric piano and laconic vocal, than revealing the protagonist's story. Similarly, "Waiting for the Whales to Come" strikes home more with its loopy bass-heavy mix than its tale of whale watching. Several of Holley's songs sketch memorable characters or details, but the vocals require either intense concentration or lyric sheet reading to fully gather the stories. For the most part, Holley blends into the electric folk-rock backings, rendering this more mood music than statement. That's not necessarily a bad thing - this is an exceptionally pleasant spin - but it's probably not what a singer-songwriter aims for. ¶ 3-3/4 stars, if allowed fractional ratings.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
This album is another of my favorites. Her self-titled and Sanctuary are made of truly beautiful music and lyrics, as is this one. Dandelion is a bit more upbeat. A necessary addition to your music collection.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.