Monday, 6 June 2011

Hollie Cook – Hollie Cook


Released June 6

Mr Bongo Recordings

Having grown up in a household of all things music, it comes as little surprise that the daughter of Sex Pistol Paul Cook ditched school to pursue a career in the family profession.

It’s paid off too and after collaborations with Jamie T and Ian Brown, Cook is releasing her debut album.

Taking influence from reggae singer Janet Kay and Phyllis Dillon, Cook wraps psychedelic pop melodies around dub beats and ska licks with Mike Pelanconi’s slick production adding a summer time shine to the mix.

The spooky ska backdrop to opener ‘Milk And Honey’ plays host to Cook’s entrancing vocals that, despite some flaky lyrics (“every day in the morning paper you, you got the news of the world, your gonna make changes, it's time to laugh all alone in your room,  if only you could shine through the darkness,”) are delivered to near perfection.

‘It’s So Different Here’ and ‘Shadow Kissing’ provide plod-along moments but the subtle horns and chipper beat of Shangri-Las cover ‘Walking In The Sand’ and Caribbean ska of ‘Cry (Disco Mix)’ apply a fresh bond between reggae and pop that stands this album in good stead for the festival season.

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