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  • Summary: The second full-length solo release for the Los Angeles singer-songwriter was co-produced with Kevin Augunas.
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This Is a Game
Well, this is a game I wish it wasn't so But before we get started There's one thing about it That you should know That this is a game Please... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
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  1. Mar 3, 2014
    80
    Ten tight songs and out, and the album feels like a mystery itself, but artists who nail that stoic sense of wonder, like Isaak and Orbison, don't come around often. Waterhouse is certainly of their ilk.
  2. Q Magazine
    Apr 23, 2014
    80
    Holly balances a nostalgic timelessness and modern, urgent emotions. [May 2014, p.120]
  3. Mojo
    Apr 23, 2014
    80
    Waterhouse's 2012 debut, Time's All Gone, combined strong songwriting with an impressive, hard-voiced approach, and this follow-up does the same again. [May 2014, p.94]
  4. Mar 4, 2014
    74
    Lyrics form twisted stories as each song becomes more mysterious and sultry than the next, making Holly a fitting soundtrack for creeping the streets at night.
  5. 70
    His work--from the single “Some Place,” in 2010, to his new album, Holly, his second--has been slightly insufferable and very good.
  6. Mar 26, 2014
    60
    Whilst it's certainly performed with skill and respect for the golden era of soul music, there's a sense that it's a bit too tightly controlled.
  7. Uncut
    Mar 7, 2014
    50
    Holly lacks the heat and fire that makes the best so damn thrilling. [Apr 2014, p.83]

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