Barely a month has passed since Holly Golightly released the sublime “Slowtown Now!” — her first full-band album in more than a decade. But for those of us who can’t get enough of her music, she’s back already with the even-better “Coulda Shoulda Woulda.” It’s the latest gem from Golightly and multi-instrumentalist Lawyer Dave, who’ve spent the past few years exploring country blues as Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs.
“I’m really thrilled with this one, and I really think that it’s exceptional and shows how far we’ve progressed,” Golightly notes. “We’re always asking ourselves, what can we do on this one that will be different, that will make it interesting for us and interesting for other people? I really like the short song format because if a song is written from the heart, it can tell a story and it can make you feel all these things.”
There isn’t a clunker to be found on the 12-track, 38-minute release, with Golightly & The Brokeoffs especially effective on “Heave But and Buy,” the title track, “Jump in the River,” “Marijuana, the Devil’s Flower,” “What He Does,” “Karate” and “Christmas Is a Lie.” Highly recommended. (Jeffrey Sisk)