October 15, 2009
On the followup to their stellar record, Casting Shadows, New Jersey band the Black Hollies slow the tempo down a bit and offer up more psychedelic pop than psychedelic rock this time, but the results are generally as good. The production once again sounds like the record was made in the 60’s, though, as with Casting Shadows, the tracks are all Black Hollies originals. I do favor their faster numbers, tracks like “Run With Me Run,” “Gloomy Monday Morning” and “Look What You’ve Done,” but they also score with slower songs like the closer “Don’t Be Afraid To Ask.” The music is a dynamic, infectious mix of psychedelic rock and pop, garage rock and a little bit of soul. This is a solid third release for the Black Hollies that demonstrates their versatility while expanding their rock and pop horizons. Hopefully, this record will earn them the wider audience they deserve.
March 15, 2008
New Jersey band the Black Hollies, directly inspired by 60’s bands like the Yardbirds and Blue Cheer, have followed up their debut with an album of full on psychedelic rock, complete with groovy, mind expanding lyrics, copious sitars, occasional Farfisa organs and quavering vocals and guitars. I don’t think the music on Casting Shadows will strike most listeners as being like 60’s psychedelic rock, but rather that is psychedelic rock from the 60’s. It’s conceived, played and even produced like an album from that period, though all the tracks are original Black Hollies compositions. Once you let yourself get into the spirit of things, the songs themselves are pretty irresistible, skilfully played, unpretentious, highly danceable and just great fun to listen to, all in all. The first single, “Paisley Pattern Ground,” is a definite must hear. Other standout cuts: “The Autumn Chateau,” “Hamilton Park Ballerina” and “Running Through My Mind.”