Monday, November 21, 2011
Jolie Holland "The Living and the Dead" (2008)
Looking back over this album's reviews, it's interesting how many times The Living and The Dead is referred to as alt-country. Not only do I not hear this as alt-country, I don't even see or hear the signifiers. If the use of traditional rock instrumentation qualifies as alt-country, then I suppose that this is that. To me, it's a rock record, albeit one more interested in songwriting than in rocking.
Holland seems more comfortable than on her earlier albums. Her voice seems more confident, & less buried in the mix. It's a clear step forward from where she had been.