Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Album Review : A Loud Call - Holly Throsby***



For Fans Of : The Unthanks, Ephemera, Noah And The Whale

A Loud Call is a bit of a misnomer, there is absolutely nothing about Throsby's softly sung and delicately played music that you apply the adjective loud to. I downloaded this album by mistake, I had already pressed the button to buy the album when I realised the text said "Featuring Bonnie 'Prince' Billy" and not "by Bonnie 'Prince' Billy", oops.

Throsby has a nice voice, although raising it above a breathy whisper would be nice once in a while, and the musical accompaniment is similarly pleasant but sparse, everything is very delicate and fragile sounding.

A couple of tracks raise themselves from the rest, The Time It Takes with its "Oh well, oh well" refrain and painfully beautiful lyrics is a really nice track, as is the duet with Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, 'Would You ?'. The rest of the album though, is just too nice, it just lacks a little lift and force. Still, if you like breathy vocals and placid music, this could be your thing.

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