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Here With Me

An album by Holly Williams

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A Solid Set That Rarely Strays From Formula

  • Aug 12, 2009
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Holly Williams' soulful voice swims its way through her second major label effort, "Here With Me." Her legendary grandfather's lonesome sound is firmly planted into her music, with many of the songs on this album about heartache and letting go. Other songs show hints of her father's music as well.

The album has a very slick sound. The production level is top notch. With that said, I am happy to report that despite the excellent production value, Williams' songs do not come off as "plastic" and maintain a true grittiness to them.

All of the songs on this album are performed to perfection. It's very nice to hear the steel guitar get a little air time on a mainstream album. Williams' strengths include her voice, a mixture of restrained Shania Twain and Shelly West, and her songwriting abilities.

The bulk of the album has a slow tempo to it. Songs such as "Alone" and "He's Making A Fool Out Of You" showcase this. It took all I had to not go to the refrigerator and pop open a cold one a time or two during this album. This to me is a good thing when listening to a country album.

There are a few upbeat and lighter tunes, most notably the tender "Mama" and "Keep The Change." My personal favorite is the twangy "A Love I Think Will Last."

Thankfully Williams does not resort to any pop cliches that pass for country music these days on this album. It's a solid effort and I look forward to more albums from Williams. I also plan to check out her first album.

For fans of polished twang with a heavy dose of steel guitar and tears, I highly recommend Holly Williams' "Here With Me."

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This is a solid album from singer Williams, who wrote or co-wrote most of the tracks on this album. The album features a nice duet with songwriting collaborator Chris Janson "A Love I Think Will Last" and ends with the Neil Young cover "Birds." Holly has a suitable voice for this genre and the songs are crafted solidly, not relying on excessive production. Fans of both rock and country music may enjoy this album as some songs veer more toward country instrumentation and others more toward folk and …
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"I'm such a blatantly honest person," says Holly Williams, "and I love to listen to an album and think the artist is truly sharing their life with me. I like to feel like I'm really getting in and knowing that person."

"My whole thing with writing is I love to tell a story," Holly says. "When I listen to songs, I play the movie in my head. There are certain songs in my head I see the colors and the visuals. Tom Waits is a genius at doing this. I've always hoped some of my songs inspire vivid pictures."

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Label: Mercury Nashville
Artist: Holly Williams
Release Date: June 16, 2009

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