Friday, September 30, 2016

Song of the Day: 'Youth Coup'/'Rock Against Romance' by Holly and the Italians

It's hard to believe it was the same woman who recorded "The Right to Be Italian" and the confusingly named solo album "Holly and the Italians," but that's just how talented Holly Beth Vincent was. Whereas the album from which these two songs came was polished power pop, the followup was delicate and artsy, replacing New Wave guitar licks with mandolins and violins to create an cluttered yet incredibly intimate sound, The Chicago-born singer/songwriter/guitarist has never been wholly recognized for her genius, but will occasionally turn up on "best albums you've never heard" lists. I'm grateful I'm not one of those people.

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