ALBUM REVIEW: Holly Macve – Not The Girl | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 14.05.21







Four years after her debut, Brighton’s Holly Macve has followed it up with an expansive, lavishly produced sophomore offering. Flapping her wings on slow-burn opener Bird, she sets off on a grandiose flight that rarely falters or deviates from its course.

Sounding for all the world like a countrified Lana Del Rey on the lush, melodic Eye Of The Storm, she pinches some Fire & Rain from James Taylor on Be My Friend before shredding some dirty southern boogie vibes on Sweet Marie. Occasionally that shiny production can feel a little overbearing, however, and it’s not until the closing reflective poignancy of Lonely Road that Macve takes a breath and lets her unique drawl soothe us as she makes a smooth landing.


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