The Living And The Dead

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  • Summary: The Texan singer's fourth album features M Ward and Marc Ribot as guest musicians.

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Mexico City
Jack and Edie lying across my bed Flying high like the spirits of the dead The living and the dead, the living and the dead Our Lady of Sorrows and... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. is a spooky yet beautiful offering by one of our best musical poets; a true outsider trying to come in from the cold.
  2. It’s a shade more rock and roll, an ounce more blunt, a great deal of fun, and it documents an increasingly confident artist wielding prime, unpretentious material.
  3. In 'Your Big Hands,' she and her pals work up a rowdy roadhouse groove worthy of Car Wheels–era Lucinda Williams. And 'Mexico City' has ringing ’60s-pop guitar twinkles that give her melancholy travelogue a welcome splash of whimsy.
  4. 70
    However much she slurs her lines on this fine fourth album, the shabby rockers and frayed ballads cut deep. [Nov 2008, p.93]
  5. Under The Radar
    Holland has gathered together chronicles of her life and created a patchwork quilt of evocative songs rendered in her smoky folk-blues singing voice. [Fall 2008, p.76]
  6. Holland has a soft spot for sad sacks --the "ghost-faced junkie" of 'Corrido por Buddy,' the lover who made her "little heart a graveyard" on 'Palmyra'--but her honeyed harmonies keep the mood from getting too gloomy.
  7. Mojo
    A few songs confirm her gifts....More often, self-satisfaction takes over and the final track's dull. [Nov 2008, p.108]

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