Hollow (Howie Beck)
By: Alex Steininger
Light, ethereal songs, Howie Beck serves up melancholy with a slight alt-country/folk touch wrapped around his pop centerpiece. Though sorrowful and often painful, Beck still retains optimism. Not so much in his lyrics, but in his music. The airy songs flutter with pop prowess, helping to uplift you, even when Beck himself seems to see only dark days ahead for himself, as well as us all.
A lyrically and musically entertaining album, Hollow is as enriching as it is enjoyable. A heartfelt, tender explosion of pain and warmth, Beck writes songs for himself, though universal in stature so the listener can latch and on believe he's singing for them. I'll give it an A.
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