So many indie musicians try so very hard to sound so damned “indie”. Faith Holt doesn’t. Three Years is a collection of honest, down-to-earth tracks. It’s singer-songwriter stuff that doesn’t make you feel like you’re hearing the same thing the last coffee house crooner just played.
If you watch the “behinds the scenes” videos on her Facebook page, you’re going to hear her speak with a thick southern accent that doesn’t show up in the least bit in her musical voice. It’s as distinct a change as when Mick Jagger or Ed Sheeran don’t sound the least bit British when they sing.
“Backseat”, is the closest to “rock” any of the songs on Three Years gets. It’s a nice opener for what follows. “Speak”, with it’s crystal clear arpeggio and sailing vocals, feels like something from The Sundays or Neko Case (I realize I’ve mentioned The Sundays in a review before, but it’s because I’m a sucker for vocals like that). “Speak” concludes in a heart-wrenching climax of hard-strummed chords and almost-angry singing. The same feeling continues through “1:42” and “2nd Ave”, with their simple instrumentation and “make you feel it” melodies.
“Wrote Me Off” works well as it’s recorded, but in my head I can also hear how it would work well with a full band (another guitar, bass, and drums). It has very well placed crescendos and pauses.
“Everything You’ve Got” kind of reminds me of my friend Meghan Tonjes in its song structure and execution. That’s a good thing. Holt has raspier vocals, though, which give the song a more identifiable feeling of frustration. Something in the guitar makes a bit of a dissonant ring, which also suits the song well.
“Questions” and “Understand” are pleasant and fit the bill, and then “Gold” interrupts you to remind you once again “Faith Holt is a vocalist”. With just enough guitar to accompany the pained vocal track, she channels her best Regina Spektor to punch you in the chest with pacing, dramatic pauses, and vocal acrobatics. “Fighter” finishes off the album with a fuller, layered set of vocals and guitar, punctuating, but not really stating a conclusion which is fine because happy endings aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.
If there’s anything I’d wish for regarding this album it’d be that there were another “full band with drums and bass” song or two, perhaps “Wrote Me Off”. In a world where most albums seem to be about 50% filler material, there’s nothing to gripe about. No filler material here.
Faith Holt is from Lebanon, Tennessee and has been making music since 2013. In that time, she’s released two albums, and EP, and a few singles. The whole catalog can be bought and downloaded for super cheap right now on her Bandcamp page. The suggested price is too low in our opinion, and there’s an option to name your own price if you agree.
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