I love a strong confident female artist who knows exactly how she wants to express herself. Holly Montgomery is one of those artists. She tours across the country doing well over 150 shows a year. Her band “Big Planet” received “Best Acoustic Band” in Los Angeles from the National Academy of Songwriters. Holly played with The Mustangs, a modern country all girl band and has worked/recorded with Ice Cube. Her versatility and talent is far reaching and definitely a key component for her future endeavors in the music industry.
Title track “Leaving Eden” brought tears. But it also brought back memories of love, happy times, and truth. To me it was about a first affair of the heart. She’s Eve and he is Adam. The first man and woman and the first temptation. Because of it she’s leaving her safety and security for the unknown.
Lyrically the album welcomes you to sing along. You’ll know all the songs by the time you reach the last one and then you’ll go back and play it again. Reminds me of the cool late summer nights cruising through Falls Church preparing to enter 10th grade. It was awesome. Just like this album.
“Drunk on the Power” and it is hot. It starts out with an eclectic texture. Like teasing your taste pallet with caviar and Jack Daniels. Oh, did I mention that Holly plays bass, guitar and piano on her album. Yep. Explains it all.
Instrumentally this album is solid. Right on the money. Great bass lines, driving lead guitar and hard hitting percussion with a dynamite ethereal piano. It’s not thin or faint but I would say full of flavor,
Vocally Holly expresses her passion with high energy and has her own unique vocals. Her sound is distinct and different. She’s got her own style and is not afraid to let it rock out. Gritty and raw with a distinction all her own.
Holly Montgomery, layed back, relaxed and yet full of high powered rocking energy. She’s one to watch for the fall charts and early 2017 chart lists. I can’t sit still long enough to write this review. All I want to do is dance. Dang it.
“Beyond The Veil” touched something inside me that I’ve tried to hold back lately. Especially since the loss of my mother in law. But this song was magical. It helped me to relate to so many others who have lost loved one’s. Touching and filled with intimate feelings of true emotions. This song expressed how we want to love and wonder will we ever truly know that deep love before we cross over. Powerful.
The album is not long in length but full in the depth and integrity of each song. Each song is high on the mark and could stand alone as a solid high energy single. It seems there has always been a silent test for musicians and singer/songwriters in the industry. A test of how well their music will be received and if they have what it takes to make it for the long haul. Montgomery has all of it. Her ability to cross several genres is a testament to true natural talent. She can easily cross from Rock to Pop, Country rock, soft rock, alternative pop.
“Jumped The Gun” reminded me of Pat Bentar on the intro. Hard, determined, and raw. The songs design is psychedelic and atmospheric. Rock at it’s best.
This album was produced by Rich Isaac of Clean Cuts Studio, Baltimore and holds nine tracks. It was released on May 1st 2016 and has received outstanding reviews. She’s classy, sophisticated, and rocker all the way.
Holly has always loved music, it has always been a huge part of her life. Her inspiration is the people around her and what is authentic to life. She is the music.