Pint of Blood - Jolie Holland & The Grand Chandeliers
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  • Summary: The Texan folk singer--one of the founding members of The Be Good Tanyas--returns with her fourth studio album, which combines traditional folk with country and rock.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Jul 19, 2011
    80
    Here, the 35-year -old is once again joined by co-producer/multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily, who provides settings that ate mostly empty, the better to allow Holland's mystical persona to fully inhabit them, as she sings in an elongated East Texas Drawl that curls like smoke rings. [Aug 2011, p.90]
  2. Aug 8, 2011
    80
    Like 2008's The Living And The Dead, Blood leans on judicious electric guitar solos, most often from Shahzad Ismaily, who co-produced the album, but also from Grey Gersten and, on one track, Marc Ribot.
  3. Dec 19, 2011
    80
    She's never been more as completely herself on record as she is here.
  4. Holland sings songs of discombobulation and wonder, and all is mannered but also naturalistic.
  5. Nov 22, 2011
    60
    Holland's singing identity still shifts disconcertingly. [Aug. 2011, p. 92]
  6. Aug 8, 2011
    60
    Recorded in various New York studios, it has a live, intimate feel despite its overdubs.
  7. 40
    On her new album, Pint of Blood – which, lest we forget, is very nearly an armful – Jolie Holland adopts a new, looser working method which isn't entirely to her advantage.

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  1. Jul 15, 2011
    6
    Gosh, don't you just wish she didn't oversing all the time? What a wonderful voice Jolie has, but she lets her muse run her amok. The bandGosh, don't you just wish she didn't oversing all the time? What a wonderful voice Jolie has, but she lets her muse run her amok. The band is electrically amazing, yet it doesn't make up for the distracting meandering of the vocals. Collapse