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I Confess

by Holly Palmer

It's torch songs and soul music swirling together, with a stream of hip hop running through.
Genre: Pop: Quirky
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1. I Confess
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2. Just So You Know
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3. Did Your Mama? (The Nurse Song)
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4. Somebody Said What Now?
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5. The Hundredth Time
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6. Down So Low
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7. Superjones
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8. Jumping Jack
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9. You Help Me
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10. Keep Me Hangin' On
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Album Notes
I Confess, the new album from Holly Palmer, spans ten songs of love, sex, personal demons and how the hell you get past them.

The grooves are wide and fat, the ballads tender and direct. It's music that comes from that place between straight and swung, between soul music and torch songs, between the heart and the head. You can hear it in the dark and raw emotion of "You Keep Me Hanging On," Holly's rendition of the Supremes' classic, produced by Don Was. You can hear it in the green eyed soul of "Just So You Know," or the roadhouse gospel of "Down So Low" featuring keyboard legend Billy Preston, or the bittersweet reverie of "Jumping Jack" produced by Steve Lindsey, with a cracking mix by the inimitable Dr. Dre.

Most of all you can hear it in the grace, power and timeless style of Holly's voice... the hushed whisper, the seductive sigh, the anguished demands of a crossed lover and the ultimate confession. Her lyrics are full of distinctive wordplay, skewering lovers and her own feelings with equal abandon. Her portraits of self-doubt, personal ambiguities and failed affairs go head to head with the joys of uncovering love. It's a lyric and melodic scope that is both personal and universal, real and surreal - the portrait of an artist as a young woman.

"I want the heart and the soul and all of the dreams that I had as a little girl," Holly sings in the autobiographical "You Help Me." Born and raised in Southern California and Seattle, she survived the travails of youth by surrounding herself with music - listening, experimenting, honing her skills while playing in school bands and singing jazz standards. Her favorite record was a live two-album set by Sarah Vaughn. It was Sarah singing "Sassy's Blues," who first taught Holly about phrasing and sound and feel. Drawing on influences that range from Ms. Vaughn to John Lennon, David Bowie and Al Green, Holly began to develop a unique vocal style while attending the Berklee School of Music, melding a love for classic songwriting with a spectrum of new approaches, each enhancing and expanding her expressive abilities.

Relocating to New York in the mid-90's, she recorded her eponymously titled, and critically acclaimed debut album, toured with the likes of k.d. lang and Paula Cole, and garnered a fervent international following. In the process, she continued her ceaseless creative quest, opening up ever-new horizons by never settling for the prevailing musical point of view. In one live show that fans still talk about, Holly and her band re-imagined the entire soundtrack to the epic Wim Wenders film Until The End Of The World, transforming the songs of R.E.M., Elvis Costello, Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed and others into a stunning evening of musical cinematography.

Then came a new venture. Asked by an old friend from Boston to add vocals to a work in progress, Holly found that the project was in fact a new album by David Bowie. Admiring her vocal style and skills, he asked Holly to not only duet with him on the album Hours, but to join his band and tour worldwide as well.

Back from the road, Holly's restless spirit prompted yet another move, this time back across the country to Los Angeles, where she began a long and fruitful series of musical collaborations, bringing to the forefront her lifelong love of classic soul music. "I wanted to frame my voice with just a few elements. Most important in writing and recording these songs were that I'd leave myself lots of space to sing in. I wanted kicking back beats and big warm bass as my platform to jump from. I think of myself as a storyteller; my main job is to expose characters I've created and their stories. In working to get that right, I discovered that above all other considerations, the immediacy of the human voice and all that it can convey are what I'm most interested in."

The result is I Confess, ten new songs of love, sex, personal demons and how the hell you get past them.


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Elaine Rach

You've Got to Get This!
Wide, fat grooves. Tender, direct ballads. A combo of swing, soul and roadhouse gospel. Kicking back beats. Big, warm bass. These are all part of "I Confess." Each song is packed with dark, raw emotion. Holly's voice is a showcase of grace, power and style. Her lyrics are full of wordplay. Holly sings with heart and soul throughout the album. Listen to all her stories on "I Confess." The songs you won't stop singing are "Just So You Know" and "You Keep Me Hanging On."


holly. yeah.

1st cd's amazing. in between stuff is fantastic. this one's her white album. someday everyone will be making music like this; to paraphrase mr. lennon.

dresses up. dresses way down.

szechuan and sushi.

dazed by her tremendous voice?: don't miss the deceiving arrangements AND sly word play. this chick's good.

saw her open for paula cole. hooked.

take this thing on the road, my bombshell.

surround yourselves with music. holly's works just fine.


Blues Bunny

Definitely not formulaic.
Everything from Brecht to Motown to rap, and most things in between, is thrown in to the mix and given a damn good syncopated beating. “Down So Low”, a wonderfully slow, sensuous, soulful song is the highlight of the album. The other standout is her version of Holland, Dozier & Holland’s “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”. Transformed from Motown’s mid 60’s pop oriented soul sound, to a dark and brooding song with a whole new meaning. – you will either regard this version as a work of genius or complete sacrilege. An album that demands more than one play, as it’s just too much to take in on one play alone.


An amazing talent...just utterly classy!
The variety is absolutely astonishing! Holly swoons, and croons, tunes away! It's sometimes soulful & bluesy, sometimes trippy! The songs paint a visual that are often tinged with a delightfully humerous bent. I got a kick out of this CD as soon as I listened to it. It is a "no bore" zone! If you want something different and oh so musical, this is the ticket!


If you have Holly's self-titled album, you need to clear your mind of any expectations with this new one, because the two could be by completely different artists - they are so different. I, myself, was not prepared for the drastic departure, so my initial reaction was shock. Not bad shock, just different shock. Gone is the alt-pop style in the vein of Paula Cole and Sheryl Crow and in it's place is the r&b-pop of the likes of Christina Aguillera and Mariah Carey. If that's your thing, you will love this album.


Holly Kicks A*#
This CD is fantastic. It is the kind of CD you put in for the first time and it sounds totally familiar. From the moment i heard it I knew my husband and I would listen to this all the time, so far, I'm right!

Darwin Napoli

She's baaaaack!!!
Great cd. I'm really glad that Holly has FINALLY gotten distribution. It's about time. I've been a fan since I heard her debut self-titled album way back in 1996. "Holly Palmer" has been a staple in my cd player for 8 years now, and I'm thrilled to finally have it's companion. Although markedly different, "I Confess" retains the high quality of songwriting and performance. At first I was apprehensive about the hip-hop-esque beats, but they are quite tasteful and add to the vibe. Songs like "You Help Me" and "The Hundredth Time" are drop-dead gorgeous examples of why this woman is so special. Until "Did Your Mama?", I never quite knew that Holly could rock out. But she does. Quite well, I might add. "I Confess" displays many facets to a talented performer that has been quiet for too many years. With any luck, the album she made between "Holly Palmer" and "I Confess" (entitled "Tenderhooks") should be release via CDBaby sometime soon.

**crosses fingers**

Morra Weston

Latches on and You'll Like It
If Lolita grew up and made a CD, this would be it. A patchwork quilt of modes that you've heard before (a little rock-punk here; a little blues there), this CD skips a grade (or two) and makes you wonder why you haven't seen this authentic talent on the cover of Rolling Stone. All the usual things will be said about this album -- sensual, formidable, solid -- so I will only add that when Ms. Palmer whispers, "You're not sucking me back..." my toes curled with jealousy for whoever roams her nimble mind when she pens these torch songs. This is a CD to reckon with.

Michael Cody

This album is great. Fun and sexy.


great album
I Confess was worth the wait. Several different musical styles make this cd fun and interesting. If you are not familiar with Holly, this is a great place to start.
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