Holy Image

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  • Summary: The latest release for the indie band led by ex-Lync member Sam Jayne is its first on Isaac Brock's label.

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Coconut Flakes
Grab some grapes and leaves, man You can never tell When you'll have to change your face And hide your trophies well Comin? down the mountain Or... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. The crisp production by onetime Clash engineer Joe Blaney brilliantly showcases Jayne's writing, which has never been more tightly skilled or confidently ambitious.
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    Like Brock and even Andrew Bird, Sam Jayne can slipstream between genres without missing a heartbeat. [Spring 2008, p.96]
  3. Holy is another reliable blast of Jayne's ostensibly lazy, bread-and-butter indie-rock.
  4. Singer-songwriter Sam Jayne has an affection for classic rock and a great sense of whimsy about it.
  5. While the middle tracks tend to get lost in the shuffle, fans of Brock's Modest Mouse will be drawn to the horn-inflected swagger of "Bonnie and Clyde" and the stretched-out jam of album highlight "Konny and Jim."
  6. Early highlights aside (particularly the bone-rattling 'Paul Revere'), much of the album could be written off as cruise-controlled and that feel definitely resonates.
  7. Jayne and company do manage to pull off a few tracks that capture the old fire and brimstone of classic LAL, but the shiny textures and generic songwriting are too much to overcome, rendering Holy a disappointing addition to the band's previously strong catalog.

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