Holiday - Port St. Willow
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Apr 2, 2013
    83
    In keeping with the understated, meditative quality of the lyrics, Principe pushes his voice to notes of particular emphasis but conspicuously avoids the acrobatics that might otherwise attract attention: rarely does anything so lovely appear so unassuming.
  2. Apr 1, 2013
    80
    Holiday is resolutely sombre, but the arrangements make inviting drama out of Principe's impressionistic lyrical intimacies. [May 2013, p.75]
  3. Apr 1, 2013
    80
    The album is unique in that it gives a very personal look into an individual's experience with catharsis, and it's one more of murmurs and heavy sighs than screaming matches and broken dishes.
  4. Apr 1, 2013
    78
    What it lacks in traditional hooks, it compensates for with distinct and weighty gestures.
  5. More variety would help his cause, but Holiday is a graceful, emotionally affluent debut.
  6. 70
    Port St. Willow is its own project, and one to watch at that.
  7. Apr 2, 2013
    60
    At times this recording is compelling, entrancing even with its sheer beauty; occasionally though it drags.

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