Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Apr 23, 2014
    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]
  2. Apr 23, 2014
    Holly balances a nostalgic timelessness and modern, urgent emotions. [May 2014, p.120]
  3. Mar 3, 2014
    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.
  4. Mar 3, 2014
    A short, sweet ride, and one worth taking again and again.
  5. Mar 4, 2014
    The singer has crafted an album that unfolds like a film: it’s brisk, self-contained and a little mysterious, and catchy enough to revisit again and again.
  6. Mar 4, 2014
    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.
  7. 70
    His work--from the single “Some Place,” in 2010, to his new album, Holly, his second--has been slightly insufferable and very good.
  8. Mar 26, 2014
    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.
  9. Mar 19, 2014
    With Holly, Waterhouse really comes into his own, branding himself as a retro crossover crooner whose immediate intent appears intended to instigate a ‘60s soul revival.
  10. 60
    Waterhouse’s own vocals could be stronger, but his throwaway manner has a languid charm.
  11. Mar 7, 2014
    Holly lacks the heat and fire that makes the best so damn thrilling. [Apr 2014, p.83]

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