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Review: Ali Holder, “From My Veins Will Fall”

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Review: Ali Holder, “From My Veins Will Fall”

From My Veins Will Fall is a true artistic showpiece for its maker. Ali Holder has delivered an unflinchingly authentic set of songs that bear the mark of a storyteller. Her lyrics are undiluted and only outmatched by her flawless and raw vocal performance.”

Artist: Ali Holder

EP: From My Veins Will Fall

Genre: Americana / folk / country

RIYL: Lucinda Williams, Ryan Adams, Alison Krauss, Aimee Mann

Ali Holder From My Veins Will Fall

“I’m a damn good liar, but I’m awful at faking it.” It’s lyrics like this, and a gloriously sultry vocal performance that have earned Ali Holder a number of comparisons to some of the songwriting greats that span different genres. A cross somewhere between Lucinda Williams by way of Ryan Adams mixed up with a little bit of Brandi Carlile seems to just about give you a handle on what awaits with the release of Holder’s new EP, From My Veins Will Fall. If that seems like a heady combination that’s hard to come by, give this a spin and settle in.

Holder has found the sultry sweet spot between outlaw country and introspective folk; there’s a sexy and powerful blend of lyricism and melody that allows her vocals to bring both light and shadow to an already well-defined soundscape. The ease with which she does this, however, only highlights her natural talent for songwriting and her dynamic vocals. The title track casts a great first impression that’s somehow eclipsed from one track to the next until the final strains of “Ghost of a Man” fade away.

“Feel Alive” is a standout, an easy pick for a radio ready track that bears some of the strongest lyrical content and one of the most accessible musical moments. “Don’t Show the Devil” taps into an earthier, darker vibe that moves with a languid quality that lingers. Vocals and a hefty guitar line from Jeremy Menking intermingle in a satisfying blend here. It’s got a vintage country-folk vibe that follows the lines of classic storytelling with just a touch of the blues. Then there’s “Home You Built”, a tune that leans a little bit into pop territory (just a little) before leaning even harder into a strong hook that anchors Holder’s vocals with the harmonies of Daniel Thomas Phipps. “Ghost of a Man” rounds out the EP with a wonderfully raw and vulnerable vocal performance that propels this record to another level.

From My Veins Will Fall is a true artistic showpiece for its maker. Ali Holder has delivered an unflinchingly authentic set of songs that bear the mark of a storyteller. Her lyrics are undiluted and only outmatched by her flawless and raw vocal performance. From My Veins Will Fall not only succeeds as a wonderful piece of writing, but it stirs the soul.


 

Ali Holder website: http://aliholder.com/site/

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