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Album Review

Holly Throsby has the rare gift of being able to sound fragile and strong at the same time; there's a wary vulnerability in her breathy vocals, but the emotional power of her music is enough to persuade anyone that this is someone who possesses a firm will when she needs it. Throsby's third full-length album, A Loud Call, reflects a philosophy similar to her vocal style; the approach is subtle and quiet, but beneath it all is a clear sense of musical direction and a sound that's not so much simple as elegant. The clean, uncluttered arrangements and recording also suit Throsby's songs, which tell their stories through the accumulated weight of small details and acute observations, and on "Would You" (a duet with Will Oldham), she's able to sum up the push and pull between longing, desire, and anxiety with just four lines that circle one another with the grace of a pair of ballroom dancers. A Loud Call is a touch more polished than Throsby's 2006 debut, but ultimately this album puts the singer and her songs front and center, and despite lovely performances from a fine ensemble (including members of Lambchop and the Silver Jews), she commands the spotlight from the first song to the last. Holly Throsby's music is perhaps too delicate and refined a taste to appeal to the same sort of audience as her fellow Australian Kasey Chambers, but if you're willing to acquire a taste for Throsby's work, you'll find A Loud Call to be a rare and satisfying treat.

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every time I hear this song I want to travel to melbourne australia and play tennis!

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Biography

Born: Sydney, Australia

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

A singer/songwriter from Australia whose simple but eloquent vocal style and elegant, deeply personal lyrics have made her a cult heroine at home and abroad, Holly Throsby was born and raised in Sydney, where her mother was an announcer for one of the nation's leading radio outlets for classical music. Throsby worked in a video store and traveled extensively before she teamed up with producer Tony Dupe to record her debut album, On Night, featuring a handful of songs she wrote during a sojourn in...
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