Album Reviews

Music You Don't Know You Like Yet


Medicine County


Entering the music scene in the early 1990's, British singer-songwriter Holly Golightly Smith has been nothing short of prolific releasing thirteen albums on her own. In recent years, Holly has teamed up with the Brokeoffs - made up of one man, Lawyer Dave, the Texas singer and multi-instrumentalist. Together they've now released three albums to date with the addition of this release - 2010's Medicine County. Combining rhythm and blues, country, rockabilly, and the sounds of the 1960's, what you end with here is a pretty diverse set of sounds. In recent years, Golightly has relocated from her native Britain and has found solace and a home in Georgia. It's no wonder that a southern influence is found throughout this release. The short but extremely fun "I Can't Lose" has a bluegrass feel, utilizing the fiddle and banjo that works wonderfully with the singer-songwriters voice. On "When He Comes," - Golightly and the Brokeoffs delve into a blues laced southern gospel song that works really well. Another track worth some attention is the opener - the haunting "Forget It" - featuring Golightly's captivating voice accompanied with some ghostly effects on the organ. "Don't Fail Me Know" a simple and melancholy track, sounds like a rockabilly song right out of the 50's or 60's. All in all, each song here has its own distinct flavor. If one song doesn't catch your fancy, the next one probably will. A pleasant listen from start to finish! ~Reviewed by Jeff Bouma

Quick Links:

More reviews tagged #Folk

  • reviewed 07/2007

    Leonard Cohen
    Songs of Leonard Cohen

  • reviewed 10/2015

    Hazel Ra
    The Shadows

  • reviewed 09/2010

    Wreck Your Wheels

  • reviewed 08/2006

    Eilen Jewell
    Boundary County

  • reviewed 03/2009

    Jim White
    A Funny Little Cross to Bear

  • reviewed 09/2006

    Long Night Moon

Compiled by the WYCE Journalism Club

The opinions expressed in these reviews are those of the individual volunteers that submitted the article and do not necessarily reflect the views of WYCE or GRCMC; nor its staff, donors, or affiliates.