by Holly Starr


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Try as they might to keep up with the times, most Christian artists and producers tend to remain about five years (or more) behind current music trends. Which is what makes the second album by singer/songwriter Holly Starr such a pleasant surprise. The young Washington-based artist doesn't try to squeeze her songs of praise and love into dubstep trappings, but rather uses modern production techniques, and an ardent love of pop and country, to create an album that sounds as vibrant and heartfelt as anything Taylor Swift has attempted in her career. What makes Starr potentially even more successful -- artistically speaking -- than Swift, is that she stays well within her wheelhouse throughout Focus. She keeps her warm soprano at a tempered level, letting the emotion of the songs creep around their edges. As well, the songs here exude warmth, using acoustic guitar and restrained, programmed beats to comforting effect. The tempos don't creep over the same BPM as your sitting heart rate, but that only serves to make it that much more listenable. Starr's lyrics are her only potential failing. She sticks to pretty well-worn ideas about faith, and love songs that, were it not for the invocation of God, could be her singing about a boyfriend. Thankfully, Starr's commitment to these songs and the surrounding musical accompaniment helps make these rather soft words much easier to swallow. ~ Robert Ham

Product Details

Release Date: 10/16/2012
Label: Save The City Record
UPC: 0859708394733
catalogNumber: 83947

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Holly Starr   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Mike Payne   Guitar
Dan Needham   Drums
Matt Stanfield   Keyboards
Trevor Morgan   Guitar
Tony Lucido   Bass
Chuck Butler   Background Vocals
David Garcia   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Christopher Stevens   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Ehren Ebbage   Guitar

Technical Credits

Ian Eskelin   Composer
David Moffitt   Composer
Matt Stanfield   Programming
Chuck Butler   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
David Garcia   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Rusty Varenkamp   Composer
Christopher Stevens   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Michael Fordinal   Composer
Chad Cates   Composer
Robin Ghosh   Composer
Juan Otero   Composer
Holly Starr   Composer

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