Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Proof folk music shouldn't just conjure the past, but also sit down and have a drink with it in the present. [12 May 2006, p.82]
  2. 100
    On bluesy new tracks such as "Stubborn Beast" and "Moonshiner," she conjures a sensual, serious confidence that suggests she's ready to depose Cat Power as the queen of indie teardrop ballads.
  3. Whether she's writing original material or covering traditional tunes... the effect is the same. It's intimate, like a secret told readily.
  4. 88
    She's traded in the "Morphine" and creepy, hillbilly-chic of Escondida for a sound that's a hint more melodic and just a touch less disturbed. [#20, p.104]
  5. Beautiful, textured and earnest. [Summer 2006, p.90]
  6. 80
    Holland swings far afield from folk and country on her third album, matching her hornlike voice to cool-jazz rhythms. [Jul 2006, p.84]
  7. "Springtime" could very well be the singer/songwriter album against which all others are measured this year.
  8. There's a resonant bearing to the set as a whole.
  9. Holland's cry seesaws from yelp to confirmation within tunes of heartache and resilience, her songwriting poetic yet blue-collar and blending that invisible socioeconomic line between genres.
  10. Springtime is... the unveiling of a toothier sound that better reflects both Holland’s bloodiness and booziness.
  11. 70
    [It] is such an unassuming creation that the deceptively vast scale of its ambition only becomes apparent after several listens. [Jun 2006, p.103]
  12. It’s simply a good album with a few really great songs.
  13. Every element on Springtime-- the relaxed tempos, fluid arrangements, dark moods, unobtrusive instrumentation-- is deployed in service to Holland's decidedly eccentric voice.
  14. Holland seems confident placing herself inside a mythology much older than her years. It’s this fact, along with her penchant for lyrics about crazy dreams and old-fashioned moonshine, that make many of her songs, though originals, sound borrowed from another era.
  15. 60
    One off-putting aspect: a vague sense of cocky over-cleverness. [Jun 2006, p.108]
  16. Suffers in places from an attack of earnestness.
  17. Everything moves in slow motion, as if that lent profundity to the proceedings, and even then the vocals rarely keep time. Perhaps Holland believes that singing off the beat creates tension, but it merely diffuses what little energy these songs possess.

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