Jolie Holland

The Living And The Dead (Anti/Epitaph)

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Jolie Holland may be from Texas and singing about Mexico City on her fourth – and best – solo album, but she made her name in Vancouver as a founding member of the Be Good Tanyas. Though she’s back in the States, the rootsy singer/songwriter still retains some of that understated Canadian charm.

Her new disc is a sweet, infectious collection of alt-country that tackles broken hearts (Palmyra) and Jack Kerouac (Mexico City). There are plenty of subtle, quiet arrangements, but Holland isn’t afraid to kick it up a notch either on Your Big Hands.

Jolie Holland plays the Horseshoe Tavern on Wednesday (October 29).

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