Robin Holcomb (1990) Imagine a woman alone with her piano in a barren room, ruminating on life and spinning tales in a dulcet singing voice, as friends drift… Robin Holcomb Folk
Music Review

Robin Holcomb (1990)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Lead Performance: Robin Holcomb; Genre: Folk

Imagine a woman alone with her piano in a barren room, ruminating on life and spinning tales in a dulcet singing voice, as friends drift in and out for musical support. That's the feel of the first album, Robin Holcomb, from Holcomb, a Seattle-based singer-pianist. With its quietly elegant production and Holcomb's homey, mountain-tinged voice, the music could be called art-folk. At its best, it's as haunting as a nighttime drive in the country; at her coyest, Holcomb writes melodies that wander too much for their own good. But on tracks like the delicate ''Nine Lives'' or the fiddle-driven ''Troy,'' her merger of city and country is New Age with a quirky edge. B

Originally posted Dec 07, 1990 Published in issue #43 Dec 07, 1990 Order article reprints