Holy Smokes

Holy Smokes

by Suzzy RocheSuzzy Roche


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The youngest and most extroverted of the quirky, funny, touching Roche sisters, Suzzy Roche might have been expected to make a funnier and quirkier, but less touching solo album, if only because she often provides comic relief in the group. Instead, her solo debut is more touching and not particularly amusing (though one can imagine her getting laughs with some of the lyrics in concert), its tone set by the first two songs, "My My Broken Heart" and "Crash," both of which concern love lost. Elsewhere, Roche, always sounding restrained, constructs free-form mood pieces for the most part, full of references to more love lost and travel. The two strongest (and most direct) songs are "ABCs," which is about aging, and "Breathing," which is about her daughter. In those songs, and at times in others, she finds expressive ways to communicate emotional insights. Yet this is an oddly tentative premiere for such a seasoned performer, and not as much fun as it should have been.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/16/1997
Label: Red House
UPC: 0033651010425
catalogNumber: 104
Rank: 77635

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Suzzy Roche   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,Wurlitzer
Jules Shear   Vocals
Joe Bonadio   Percussion,Drums
Larry Campbell   Violin
Dave Douglas   Trumpet
Charlie Giordano   Piano,Accordion
Stewart Lerman   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar
David Mansfield   Banjo,Dobro,Guitar,Violin,Electric Guitar
Paul Ossola   Bass,Upright Bass,Standup Bass
Steuart Smith   Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Harmonium,Ebo,wah wah guitar,Wurlitzer
Frank Vilardi   Dumbek,Percussion,Drums
Stewart Smith   Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Harmonium,Ebo,wah wah guitar
Maggie Roche   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jim Busby   Guitar,Piano

Technical Credits

Stewart Lerman   Producer,Engineer
Suzzy Roche   Producer
Charlie Hunter   Artwork

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