Extravagant Gestureby Holcombe Waller
Waller's first album falls into the cracks of something that seems to be attempting to catch the slightly alternative singer/songwriter market and also gets a slice of adult contemporary radio play at the same time. Whether that's a conscious strategy or not, who knows? But at any rate, his songs are drifting, predominantly love-minded meditations with an air of uncertainty and doubt. They're not as impressive as his singing, which has a very wide range, particularly at the top end, where he sounds almost effeminate. The disparate arrangements -- gnarly rock guitars here, echoing soundtrack guitars there, occasional soul-rock rhythm grooves, middle-of-the-road keyboards, and female backup vocals at other times -- seem indicative not so much of an eclecticism as a lack of honed focus and worldview.
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- Napoleon Records
Performance CreditsHolcombe Waller Primary Artist,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Various
Steven Kirk Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Michael Spiro Percussion,talking drum
John Mader Drums,Shaker
Cynthia Miller Violin
Anna Kruger Viola
Bryce Dessner Electric Guitar,Guitar (Nylon String)
Maiya Sykes Vocals
Technical CreditsSteve Savage Producer,Engineer
Roger Arnold overdub engineer
Holcombe Waller Producer,String Arrangements
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Finally in stores...jeeez. This CD is simply amazing - beautiful, powerful. I've had a burned - i.e. stolen - copy for a while and am pleased the real thing has arrived.
This CD is one of the best I've picked up in a while. Holcombe Waller's music is refreshing, hip and cutting edge. This is not a one-hit wonder - every song is good!
First of all, the All Music Guide review here is ridiculous...what the heck is this guy thinking? Do I care about how an artist stacks up against the market segments? Nope. As for the song writing vs. the vocals comment, it's simply wrong. The song form is unique, but clearly masterful if not genius. This is the sort of reviewer that would place Aerosmith over Joni Mitchel and Britney Spears over Jeff Buckley...whatever. Anyway...the disk is inspiring and beautiful.
This album is a piece of melodic and lyric pop utopia. Don't wait until everyone knows about Extravagent Gesture - buy it now! If you like Jeff Buckley, Jude, John Mayer, etc, you will love Holcombe Waller.