Holly Golightly - Truly She Is None Other
4 (out of 5 stars)
Reviewed: Sept. 15, 2003
Review by Tony BonyataWhile the name Holly Golightly may remind most of the free-spirited character portrayed by Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany's, there is in fact another Miss Golightly who's been making some of the most interesting, feel good music around these days.
Holly Golightly (her real name) has been a darling of London's underground garage rock scene for the past decade, when she first joined forces with the all-girl punk band Thee Headcoatees - an offshoot of Billy Childless' band Thee Headcoats. After a four year stint with Thee Headcoatees, Holly branched out on her own, recording several wonderful albums to little media fanfare.
Surprisingly, though, it wasn't her own material that has caught the spotlight's recent attention, but that of a duet ("It's True That We Love One Another") that she recorded with The White Stripes for their latest album Elephant.
On her latest release Truly She Is None Other Holly has toned down much of her raw punk snarl of earlier years, while still retaining a scrappy garage rock ethos. With a rich cross-breeding of aching American country ("Sent"), Southern blues ("Black Night"), minimalist '60s garage sensibilities ("There's An End" and a delicious cover of The Kinks' "Time Will Tell") and the playful pop of early girl groups ("Without You Here," "It's All Me" and "She Said"), this album is a fun, laid-back collection that hearkens back to the cute coolness of Nancy Sinatra and raw sounds rattling and reverbing from your neighbor's garage without ever sounding retro.
While the compositions here are all irresistible gems (just try not falling for the cool-as-a-Camel number "Walk A Mile") Holly's real secret weapon is her voice; shaken-not-stirred, sexy, playful and timeless - truly there is none other.
Holly Golightly will be performing Sunday, Sep. 21st at Cactus Club, 2496 S. Wentworth, Milwaukee, WI. (414) 482-0160 and Monday, Sep. 22nd at The Annex, 1206 Regent St., Madison, WI. (608) 256-7750
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