Sunday Run Over Me by Holly Golightly And The Brokeoffs

October 4, 2012

I began listening to Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs about three albums ago. It has always amused me that despite the name, the group is actually a duo composed of frontwoman Holly Golightly and the somewhat mysterious Lawyer Dave.

Golightly is a veteran of the British music scene, having participated on close to 30 albums as a solo artist or band member. When you add in dozens of guest appearances and collaborations, you have one of the more prolific artists of the past several decades.

During the mid-2000s she formed a musical relationship with the Texas-born multi-instrumentalist Lawyer Dave. They have proven to be a good combination, both as songwriters and musicians.

Their sound borders on the quirky without ever completely leaving the mainstream. It is fairly stripped down and even raw in places as their songs explore their personal brand of philosophical roots music.

Their latest album, Sunday Run Me Over, will be released October 9th. The production sounds better than their past releases, maybe because they built their own studio on their farm outside of Athens, Georgia. It has an unhurried feel as the songs meander along and intertwine with one another.

Nine of the 12 tunes are originals. The album begins with the rambling “Goddamn Holy Roll,” which proves that they still have some bite in their lyrics. It also gave birth to the album title. “One For The Road” is one of those songs that has defined their career—a waltz that remains just a little off-kilter. “They Say” is a duet that shows how connected they are to each other. “This Shit Is Gold” may be a bit raw, but then so are they in places.

Golightly, solo and with the Brokeoffs, has always had the ability to choose interesting cover songs. They give an inspired performance on the old 1953 Davis Sisters hit, “I Forgot More.” Wayne Raney’s gospel-laced song, “A Whole Lot More,” is a fine match for a Golightly interpretation. Mac Davis’ “It’s Hard To Be Humble” was one of the more unusual country songs of the early 1980s and Lawyer Dave brags his way through the lyrics.

Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs are always an adventure and Sunday Run Me Over is no exception. If you are in the mood for something a little different then this is an album for you.

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No Help Coming by Holly Golightly and The Brokeoffs

March 29, 2011

Holly Golightly and The Brokeoffs are about to release their fourth album, although Holly herself has been a part of close to 15 albums both as a solo artist and as a part of various groups, during her 20-year career. She received her moniker from her mother, who named her after a character in the film, Breakfast At Tiffany’s. Her real name is Holly Smith, which I have to admit dies not sound as good. Just for the record, she is not connected to the comic book artist of the same name.

Holly and The Brokeoffs are actually a duo. She is joined by multi-instrumentalist/vocalist/songwriter Lawyer Dave. Together they form one of the more eclectic groups or duos on the music scene today.

Their music is basically a garage sound that contains elements of country, pop, rock and even a little rhythm & blues. It is catchy and entrancing in an odd sort of way. The lyrics are often witty while the music is melodic. Holly’s vocal style is an acquired taste. Lawyer Dave, who provides the lead vocal on several of the tracks, is more mainstream in approach. Together they co-wrote nine of the 12 tracks. My only criticism of the release is I would have appreciated some liner notes telling fans about the band and their music.

The uptempo material seems a better fit than the ballads and the album’s lead track is a perfect example of that fact. “No Help Coming” has a chuga-chuga beat with sparse production that fits the duo’s sound well. The second track, “The Rest Of Your Life,” is an odd song. If you are familiar with the ’60s girls group, The Shangri-Las, just imagine them singing while under the influence of hallucinogenic drugs.

The old rhythm & blues song, “Here Lies My Love,” is given an ominous feel that is straight out of the American blues. Lawyer Dave’s vocal on “You’re Under Arrest” is strong and pleasurable.

The album’s best track is the old Bill Anderson country song, “Lord Knows We’re Drinking,” and fits their style well. The lyrics are tongue-in-cheek, and their dual vocals are an excellent fit. They maintain the song’s basics but modernize it in a good way.

The album’s final track is a cover of Wavy Gravy’s “L.S.D. (Rock and Roll Prison),” which brings the affair to a fitting close.

No Help Coming is a nice introduction to the quirky nature of Holly Golightly and The Brokeoffs. If you are in the mood for something different and are willing to take a chance, this is an album for you.

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