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Black Hollies - Softly Towards The Light

The Black Hollies
album: Softly Towards the Light

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The Black Hollies 3rd album is littered with uptempo songs in minor keys, as if written for an imagined 4th Austin Powers film.

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The Black Hollies, at their best, channel the Small Faces and the Zombies, as tracks like “Gloomy Monday Morning” and “Can’t Stop These Tears (From Falling)” testify.

Their third and newest album is littered with jangly uptempo songs in minor keys, complemented with organs, as if written for an imagined fourth Austin Powers film.

But before one tires of this prominent sound they sprinkle in a few slower, atmospheric tracks to cleanse the palette (“Everything’s Fine” and “Number Ten Girl”).

Interestingly, the band features a couple members, Jon Gonnelli and Herbert Wiley, who had played in Rye Coalition. Like sonically similar Darker My Love, who had members who played in The Nerve Agents, their previous band’s music was much heavier, before moving on to a 60’s dark pop sound.

Haiku:
The Black Hollies write/
As if for an imagined/
Austin Powers film

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Organs, minor keys/
The Black Hollies utilize/
I hear the sixties

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