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Reviews for Holmes

A master working his craft

Vox / We Heart Music

Forty five minutes of tragedy, intrigue, deceptions… No matter the moment of melodrama, Holmes can provide the empathetic soundtrack… Across the release, Holmes’ raw, bluesy voice is balanced by classic piano power chords and sparing instrumentation. His lyrics prove to be equally simplistic, yet startlingly effective… Music Blog

…the important thing is the music. The strong beat that goes on in a good melody like “it hurts so bad”. It’s quality folks, and you ought to know it. Listen up!… more


Take a warmer hearted Donald Fagen, mix in the skewed country that Beck sometimes orchestrates, and add a huge dollop of vulnerability and you have some idea of the charm of this CD… From the love/hate song for the singer’s computer, to the slyly jazzy groove of the David Bowie cover, the music is never less than gently captivating and honestly unpretentiously charming… This is well-crafted pop, but with out sacrificing depth and some degree of internal pathos.

NBT Independent Music

well crafted… excellent pop music… An enjoyable listen… Holmes will be worth looking out for on his next release.

Americana UK

Who knew that I could still, after all these cynical years, enjoy straight up, well-crafted, highly melodic indie pop?

Comfort Music

This sophomore effort incorporates guitar, keyboard, strings, and even whistling, at times conjuring Paul Simon, most notably on the highlight track, “Unsatisfied.” Holmes also delivers some beautifully sad ballads with an Aimee Mann- like directness, yielding an intriguing dualism by juxtaposing the flip with the poignant. more


Bring to mind the eclectic vibe of Beck and John Frusciante, mix in the pop sheen of Ben Folds and Elton John and what you will hear is someone who is making music for people who have forgotten what good music should sound like… Those who listen to this will eat this up and pass it along to friends who are musically malnourished. more


The one-man wrecking crew that is Silverlake’s Holmes, gets a free pass solely for “Let Go,” the opening track on his band’s self-titled effort and easily the best stoner song Steely Dan never wrote. Like Donald Fagen, Shakked is smart and a little bored, delivering his detached vocals over pristinely arranged cafe pop songs awash in sunny backing vocals…. but the album is far too ornate to be the work of a slacker. Shakked pulls an unpredictable left turn on “Go Computer”, a Weezer-esque guitar stomper with vocals smothered in slap echo… The heart of a showman beats inside these songs – wait until you hear what he’s done to David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance”… more