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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Transdreamer Records artist: Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs - Coulda Shoulda Woulda - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Coulda Shoulda Woulda, from Holly Golightly and the Brokoffs and it's a lot of fun. Opening with Heaven Buy and Buy, a catchy pumped up rocker with teammate Holly and Lawyer Dave on vocal and Jeff Walls on guitar. Super opener. Apartment 34 has a clever tango twist trademark lead vocals, with seductive piano, warm keys and backing acoustic guitar. Nicely done! Title track, Coulda Shoulda Woulda, has a pop/punk feel with a touch of surf. What's not to like...really! Lawyer Dave takes the lead vocal on Jump in the River with it's 3/4 time. This track is so well constructed with organ, tambourine, guitar, drums and vocals it has a solid life of it's own. With Holly's backing vocals and flailing guitar work, this track really sails. Jackhammer has a "waltz"/carousel feel and beautifully understated vocals by Holly make this one of my favorites on the release. Caressed by rich backing vocals and complimented by percussion, piano and guitar it's unmistakably cool! Marijuana, The Devil's Flower, recorded in the 50's by the mysterious Mr Sunshine has a gospel feel and tight bluegrass accompaniment including banjo and fiddle. With Holly on lead vocal, Little Mule has a nice rock swing with live farm animals for effects behind really loose guitar riffs and trembend vibrato. Excellent! Vocal ballad, What He Does, is really nice, featuring Holly on lead and acoustic guitar backing and acoustic slide guitar accents. This track has nice radio appeal across numerous genre. The Emperor's dance craze track, Karate, gets a straight up cover by Holly and Dave and will certainly get the audience jazzed when they perform it live. Loads of fun! Lonesome Grave is a particularly strong rural country duet featuring Holly and Dave. With pure country style instruments (banjo, washboard, fiddle) this track is simply cool! No Judgement Day has a distinct, rockin' country feel with ruggedly blended vocals and instrumentals. Not too flashy, just right! Wrapping the release is a smooth as silk, Christmas Is A Lie, with holiday theme, chimes and crushing lyrics. This is a solid finisher for a really strong release.

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