Lily HolbrookAlso has recorded under her first name
Country of origin:
Type of music generally:
Most recent release, Wicked Ways (2008)
I have discerned varying kinds of overlap with Aimee Mann, Milla, Kate Bush and Happy Rhodes. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Own and co-written, occasional covers
If you are looking for something to tide you over until the next Susan Court album, try Lily's running from the sky.... (email@example.com)
Comments about live performance:
Lily played acoustic guitar; a chap played electric guitar and mandolin; another chap played keyboard and computer, producing atmosphere as well as melody. Songs included 'Make them wonder', 'Running into walls', 'Welcome to the slaughter-house', Led Zeppelin's 'Going to California' but none of the fairy tale songs from Running from the sky I think. I particularly enjoyed the moments when her voice, the guitars and piano all soared together into a perfect dark pop chorus. (7/08, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Recommended first album:
Running From The Sky is the only one we've heard
Lily Holbrook—vocals, guitar
Bill Roberts—guitar, keyboards
Lily and Bill
The superficial appearance of this album's packaging has the unfortunate side effect of making Holbrook appear less serious than she is. The back cover has a photo of the artist (who somewhat resembles Drew Barrymore) in a midriff-baring top—though the recent reinventions of Liz Phair and Jewel, coming on the heels of the initial invention of the likes of Britney Spears, may have oversensitized me to such things. And the booklet prominently displays cartoon drawings of her as a mermaid and as an astronaut, no doubt inspired by tracks titled "Mermaids" and "Spaceship." But once you get beyond these visual red herrings, you'll be pleased to find a lot of substance and originality on the disc.
Lily Holbrook—vocals, guitar
Patrick Carmichael—drums, percussion (1, 3, 5, 6)
Lily Holbrook & Anthony "Rocky" Gallo (1, 3, 5, 6, 7) ; Lilly Holbrook & E-shy Gazit (4, 8, 10); Lily Holbrook, Mark Johnson, Robin Moxy & Kyle Tzrinske (2, 9)
Lily Holbrook's third album is a very ecto record; somehow she evokes Tori Amos and Kate Bush without being too much in thrall to them. She clearly has her own voice and her songs are stunning. "Welcome to the Slaughterhouse" is dark and lovely. It's one of Holbrook's best songs here. "Smoke Screen" sees her do one of her most moving songs with a silky vocal reminiscent of Jewel. There's an odd cover of Pet Shop Boys "It's a sin" that works very well. The title song is sensitively rendered and has a moving tune. Holbook's vocals are utterly gorgeous here. Her album's pretty much perfect. (email@example.com)
Thanks to Mitch Pravatiner and Anna Maria Stjärnell for work on this entry.
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