Detroit singer-songwriter ‘Holly Miranda’ returns with a new LP this week, and if easy on the ear harmonies and vocals are your thing then read on.
This self-titled album was penned during a spiritual retreat to the desert town ‘Joshua Tree’ and the content would generally resonate with an artist who obviously felt comfortable with her surroundings. Certainly there appears to be a more relaxed feeling to proceedings as tracks such as ‘Everlasting’, ‘Desert Call’ and ‘Pelican Rapids’ each have the ability to produce goose-bump moments. ‘Desert Call’ in particular seems to be the full package – a wonderful haunting guitar backing an extremely impressive vocal performance.
Vocally, and from a song-writing perspective, there is an obvious growth in maturity when compared to 2010’s ‘The Magicians Private Library’. However, there is still a general averageness when you look at the product as a whole. Clearly there are moments that impress but compared to artists of a similar genre (see our previous ‘Du Blonde’ review) this release seems to lack a cutting edge.
There is rarely a real change of pace and it’s hard to recall a moment when you feel the urge to stand-up and punch the air. But maybe that’s not what this LP is about. It’s hard to criticise the amount of emotion, and Miranda’s ability to produce wonderful melodies cannot be disputed. However, after each listen to the album I still came away with a feeling that something was lacking which was as much frustrating as curious.
There is certainly more to come from ‘Holly Miranda’ and this release is a peak into the artists obvious potential.
Holly Miranda’s self-titled sophomore LP is out now on Dangerbird Records