Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Springtime Can Kill You

NPR Song of the Day: "Springtime Can Kill You" by Jolie Holland

Jolie Holland sounds like a real blast to be around.
Many of Jolie Holland's fatalistic, woozily paced songs come with a body count, but she rarely spares herself: She often sings about doomed lovers, and she ranks topmost among the damned. Roughly as cheerful as its title suggests, Springtime Can Kill You finds Holland falling prey to her own stubbornness, sullenness or drunkenness in song after song.

There's a bright spot though:
Holland may be beyond salvation here, but not everyone is doomed to the same fate: "High on the moonshine, bodies entwine / Don't you see it's better this way?" The sentiment may be sad, but it says something for the season that it inspires Holland to find a ray of hope -- for everyone else, anyway.

For some reason, I'm glad people like her exist. It brings some balance to the world or something. I dunno.

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