Escondida - Jolie Holland
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  • Summary: 'Escondida' marks the first solo studio disc for the Texas-born folk singer-songwriter who also co-founded the Canadian group The Be Good Tanyas.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
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  1. Starbucks should replace Norah Jones with Holland as its mood musician of choice; her compositional brew is smooth, with jolts of witty malice.
  2. Holland gracefully achieves the spookiness and timelessness artists like Tori Amos and Cat Power have been chasing for years.
  3. She sounds as distant as much of the Anthology of American Folk Music, and yet there is an intimacy to her songs. This is a singer/poet who really feels things. And this is the new, weird America, and Holland is singing its woes with a wisdom far beyond her age.
  4. It's the voice that does it - all hazy smoke and dusty cotton, this time sounding like she's channelling Billie Holiday.
  5. A listening experience that is singular, startling, and soulful.
  6. Her jazz-tinged voice soars; the music manages to be both wonderfully austere and subtly strange. [Jun 2004, p.98]
  7. 70
    If Norah Jones and Gillian Welch are the sunny side of the roots revival, then Jolie Holland is Grapes of Wrath darkness. [#7, p.73]

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  1. SaraB
    Jun 5, 2004
    10
    Jolie is the best thing to happen to music since the gee-tar.
  2. JohnM
    Apr 8, 2007
    10
    I call this lazy, Sunday morning music but I play it all the time. Beautiful
  3. JulieJ
    Mar 28, 2005
    10
    Mad Tom of Bedlam makes me crazy.
  4. AlexW
    Jul 30, 2006
    10
    Fantastic. The best artist I have come across in quite some time. Holland can sing the blues with the best of them.
  5. JimmyJazz
    Jun 2, 2004
    9
    Brilliant.