A Loud Call

A Loud Call

by Holly Throsby

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A Loud Call

Holly Throsby has the rare gift of being able to sound fragile and strong at the same time; there's a wary vulnerability in her breathy vocals, but the emotional power of her music is enough to persuade anyone that this is someone who possesses a firm will when she needs it. Throsby's third full-length album, A Loud Call, reflects a philosophy similar to her vocal style; the approach is subtle and quiet, but beneath it all is a clear sense of musical direction and a sound that's not so much simple as elegant. The clean, uncluttered arrangements and recording also suit Throsby's songs, which tell their stories through the accumulated weight of small details and acute observations, and on "Would You" (a duet with Will Oldham), she's able to sum up the push and pull between longing, desire, and anxiety with just four lines that circle one another with the grace of a pair of ballroom dancers. A Loud Call is a touch more polished than Throsby's 2006 debut, but ultimately this album puts the singer and her songs front and center, and despite lovely performances from a fine ensemble (including members of Lambchop and the Silver Jews), she commands the spotlight from the first song to the last. Holly Throsby's music is perhaps too delicate and refined a taste to appeal to the same sort of audience as her fellow Australian Kasey Chambers, but if you're willing to acquire a taste for Throsby's work, you'll find A Loud Call to be a rare and satisfying treat.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/07/2009
Label: Woo Me
UPC: 0666017205526
catalogNumber: 7

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Holly Throsby   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Track Performer
Mark Nevers   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Matt Swanson   Bass,Vocals,Track Performer
Tony Crow   Synthesizer,Vocals,Track Performer
Gary Tussing   Cello
Penny McBride   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Vocals,Track Performer
Tony Dupe   Clarinet,Guitar,Piano,Bass Clarinet,French Horn,Vocals,Track Performer
William Tyler   Electric Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer

Technical Credits

Mark Nevers   Engineer,Audio Production,Feedback
Tony Dupe   Engineer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Holly Throsby   Composer

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