Holly (CD)


Nick Waterhouse

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Amoeba Review

03/03/2014

L.A. soul-pop dude Nick Waterhouse is back with his second album. He’s steadily risen to fame, first locally and now nationally with a number of television commercial spots—perhaps you saw a huge plug for him in the Lexus CT Hybrid commercial? Needless to say, the pressure’s on for album No. 2, and Waterhouse delivers in spades on Holly. Maintaining his analog-recording style and songwriting rooted in the classics, Waterhouse is like a hipper cousin to Mayer Hawthorne and the like, as songs like “This Is a Game” chug along with early rock ‘n’ roll energy and garage-rock grit. “It no. 3,” a Ty Segall cover, is cool and spacious, allowing Waterhouse to croon and unleash killer blues-rock riffs, whereas “Let It Come Down” has ambiance to spare, its tremoloed guitar and female choral vocals giving it gothic flair—think True Blood and True Detective for the sorts of imagery it conjures. And when he aims for the top, Waterhouse doesn’t choke—the horns and horror-movie organs of the title track help set up an excellent entry in the femme fatale song canon. Maybe the block Waterhouse lives on is a little fancier now, but he’s still the coolest kid on it with Holly.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
High Tiding
Nick Waterhouse 02:48
2.
This Is a Game
Nick Waterhouse 02:51
3.
It No. 3
Nick Waterhouse 03:01
4.
Let It Come Down
Nick Waterhouse 02:27
5.
Sleepin' Pills
Nick Waterhouse 03:11
6.
Holly
Nick Waterhouse 02:43
7.
Dead Room
Nick Waterhouse 02:49
8.
Well It's Fine
Nick Waterhouse 03:01
9.
Ain't There Something That Money Can't Buy
Nick Waterhouse 03:17
10.
Hands on the Clock
Nick Waterhouse 03:50

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