HOLLIE SMITH: Humour & The Misfortune of Others
By Amanda Mills
Her first album misfortunes with Blue Note Records, as revealed in NZM’s last issue, have now been widely publicised. They left the singer deliberately removing herself from the music scene, her big local hit and expectations left short of the shelves elsewhere around the world. EMI NZ have kept the faith and ‘Humour & the Misfortune of Others’, recorded at Waiuku’s Revolver Studios with multi-instrumentalist Riki Gooch producing, is a strong step forward from ‘Long Player’, extending further her smoky blues, gospel, soul and funk. Intense performances from Smith and her band on the gospel-tinged Let Me Go and Hiding make these two standouts on the album. While still relying on vocal gymnastics where she doesn’t need to, Smith sounds stronger, and more in control on this album, her voice at home within the material.