Jolie Holland 

Springtime Can Kill You

Texas-born, San Francisco-based folk-pop singer-songwriter Jolie Holland always sounds slightly delirious, singing in a half-slumbering tone suggesting a happy drunk, or perhaps a hallucinogenic feverish young lady. The backing musicians join her in her laidback reverie, contributing subtle flourishes that mix with her wistful musings to produce an agreeably narcotic effect. "Crush in the Ghetto" finds our heroine in love as quiet electric guitar, tiny bells, chords from a Hammond B3, and the warm sound of French horn glow behind her. "Moonshiner" praises potent drink and passion with a bluesy country tempo supported by an inebriated steel guitar. When Holland deals with the darker aspects of love, her fragile delivery makes her sound like a woman on the edge of oblivion.

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