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Reviews: Gina Holsopple ~ Unless
Posted on Saturday, March 07, 2009 @ 18:29:46 UTC
Topic: Reviews

Artist: Gina Holsopple

CD: Unless

Home: Oswego, New York

Style: Americana/Folk

Quote: "I was immediately struck by Holsopple’s sincerity and gentle voice."

By J. Turner

Have you ever wondered what the Moldy Peaches would sound like if they were a little less cynical and a lot less crass? No? Neither have I. But if I were to make an educated guess, I might tell you they’d sound an awful lot like Gina Holsopple.

Holsopple hails from Kansas, by way of New York, so perhaps its no coincidence that the music on her new album Unless spins lyrical tales of affirming Midwest values with the witticism of a poetic soul, who grew up Minonite (yes—it’s true) before conquering coffeehouses across the Big Apple.

I was immediately struck by Holsopple’s sincerity and gentle voice. She sings with quiet confidence and strikes some particularly beautiful notes on "You Need Love." My favorite track is the title track for two reasons. The melody is dangerously catchy -- everyone says that, I know, but seriously it is. And second, it might be the greatest folk song to ever reference pirates in the chorus.

"I Pick Flowers" was another simple, endearing track. I learned this with Damien Rice, but "Flowers" once again reminded me that you don’t need a megaphone and a stack of Orange amplifiers to make a profound and lasting impression on your audience.

I would have liked to hear a little more variation among the song’s intros and with the instrumentation in general, but I realize that when it comes to Americana and acoustic folk, options are limited. There’s also some yodeling that falls short of the mark on "Midnight Prarie," but again, that might just be because I’m a yodeling elitist and have the disadvantage of having heard Jewel do it to perfection when she came and performed at my high school when I was in the ninth grade.

I really enjoyed this album and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys folk, frequents coffeehouses, or spends a significant amount of time in the East Village.

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