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Album Review

A significant improvement over its predecessor, Holiday's second album Ready, Steady, Go! retains the twee pop affectations but finds more room for great guitar hooks, squiggly synths, and an altogether sprightlier outlook. Once again produced by Dave Trumfio with help from the band, Holiday's sophomore effort is peppered with references to groups as varied as the Cars and New Order, but such shameless tips of the hat would only be a problem if the songwriting wasn't strong on its own merits. "Prostitutes In Town" begins as a homage to New Order's "Love Vigilantes" before a cathedral-ready organ enters to great effect, transforming the track from a minor ditty to a more moving mini-anthem. "Here We Are Again" and "The Likely End of Our Best Days" have their way with the classic Stax sound and British Invasion pop, respectively, both songs complete with horn charts courtesy of Dave Max Crawford, while "Still In Love" handily sums up everything that made the Cars so cool, in less than two minutes. If singer/songwriter Josh Gennet still seems to favor indie pop to rock, the album's more adventurous embellishments bolster the sometimes wispy melodies, making Ready, Steady, Go! more pleasant, fun, and catchy than it could have been.

Biography

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

Much-missed indie-pop combo Holiday formed on the campus of Yale University in late 1992; originally comprising singer/guitarist Josh Gennet, guitarist Matt Snow, bassist Andrew Park and an Alesis drum machine, the group -- initially dubbed Wimp Rocket -- self-released their 1993 debut cassette The Big Pickle before adding drummer Paul Moyano and travelling to Chicago to record their official debut EP, the Dave Trumfio-produced My Roommate Joe. Drummer Calvin Chin replaced Moyano for the follow-up...
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