Holly - Nick Waterhouse
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  • Summary: The second full-length solo release for the Los Angeles singer-songwriter was co-produced with Kevin Augunas.
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  1. Mar 3, 2014
    80
    Ten tight songs and out, and the album feels like a mystery itself, but artists who nail that stoic sense of wonder, like Isaak and Orbison, don't come around often. Waterhouse is certainly of their ilk.
  2. Apr 23, 2014
    80
    Holly balances a nostalgic timelessness and modern, urgent emotions. [May 2014, p.120]
  3. Apr 23, 2014
    80
    Waterhouse's 2012 debut, Time's All Gone, combined strong songwriting with an impressive, hard-voiced approach, and this follow-up does the same again. [May 2014, p.94]
  4. Mar 4, 2014
    74
    Lyrics form twisted stories as each song becomes more mysterious and sultry than the next, making Holly a fitting soundtrack for creeping the streets at night.
  5. 70
    His work--from the single “Some Place,” in 2010, to his new album, Holly, his second--has been slightly insufferable and very good.
  6. Mar 26, 2014
    60
    Whilst it's certainly performed with skill and respect for the golden era of soul music, there's a sense that it's a bit too tightly controlled.
  7. Mar 7, 2014
    50
    Holly lacks the heat and fire that makes the best so damn thrilling. [Apr 2014, p.83]

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