Springtime Can Kill You Image

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  • Summary: This is the second studio solo set for the folk singer-songwriter who also performs with the Be Good Tanyas.
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. Whether she's writing original material or covering traditional tunes... the effect is the same. It's intimate, like a secret told readily.
  3. Beautiful, textured and earnest. [Summer 2006, p.90]
  4. 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.
  5. 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]
  6. Every element on Springtime-- the relaxed tempos, fluid arrangements, dark moods, unobtrusive instrumentation-- is deployed in service to Holland's decidedly eccentric voice.
  7. 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7