Holopaw - Holopaw
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  • Summary: This Gainesville, Fla.-based five-piece band, which mixes indie rock and alt-country with a bit of electronica, features John Orth, who also appeared on the 2002 release by the Modest Mouse side project Ugly Casanova. Brian Deck produces.
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  1. 90
    Repeated listening reveals Holopaw to be both a richly textured and profoundly moving record, one of the year's first truly mesmerizing folk albums.
  2. A lesson in subtlety, 10 songs of abstract musical impressions that foil today's connect-the-dots pop.
  3. Holopaw's cover art and Depression-era script logo might be indie-folk standard issue, but the music contained within is a refreshing, effective new use of the boundaries: a wood-paneled Powerbook.
  4. Its ten tracks wend their way through a forest of oblique metaphors, kaleidoscopically fractured images and alt-country instrumentation, their path lit only by the wounding fragility of Orth's voice.
  5. The subtle mix of acoustic instruments with warm electric washes gives Holopaw's songs a surprising amount of depth.
  6. That's not to say that Holopaw isn't good, because it is -- it's ethereal and earthy -- but it's definitely not a record to listen to while you're, say, cleaning your house or on a road trip.
  7. For a debut album, this is extremely strong.

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  1. kenl
    Feb 12, 2003
    10
    Best of the Year
  2. StevenA
    Jan 22, 2005
    10
    Incredible. The sincerity of the album surpasses so much of the ironicly snide indie rock of today.
  3. JoeD
    May 4, 2003
    10
    The best of the year: beautiful mysterious lyrics, sincere quivering vocals, passionate meandering music. I have worn grooves into my disc The best of the year: beautiful mysterious lyrics, sincere quivering vocals, passionate meandering music. I have worn grooves into my disc with repeated listenings, many times pressing replay immediately following the last note of the last song. Expand
  4. megans
    Jun 1, 2004
    10
    beautiful. "hula-la" has a profound effect on me.
  5. robertod
    Apr 11, 2003
    9
    Great album, it has become one of my more listened to CDs.
  6. Jul 2, 2013
    5
    This is a record dedicated to one type of people, I'm not that type. Its too slow, almost making me fall asleep. Nice to listen to, but noThis is a record dedicated to one type of people, I'm not that type. Its too slow, almost making me fall asleep. Nice to listen to, but no more than once. Collapse

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