Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs – No Help Coming

January 01, 1970






Playboy.com so succinctly
noted that, “Golightly’s songs are so fresh and timeless they could have been
recorded yesterday or 40 years ago.”  I
would amend that to even 80 or 90 years ago. Holly and partner Lawyer Dave, a
Clyde to her Bonnie, are back with another album of raucous, chunky, and
sometimes lovely, country blues. There’s few real chicken pluckers in this
latest effort. Last year’s Medicine County scored a bit higher with me for
having a few more wry and humorous songs, while No Help Coming is a bit more
straightforward and traditional, but surely features some of Holly and Dave’s
best songwriting, having written 9 of the 12 songs herein. The first 2 songs,
the title song and “The Rest of Your Life” start right up where Medicine County
left off.  “No Help Coming” is a country
blues number and the latter is a slow blues tale of a vengeful scorned woman.
“Burn, Oh Junk Pile, Burn” careens stylistically into being rather challenging
to define, musically. Maybe an exotic dash of Django meets Gypsy, meets Dan
Hicks, wouldn’t be too far off.


“The Whole Long Day” is
another slow, blues drag as only Holly can emote one. Next up, some hot
bottleneck slide propels “Get Out of My House” into a “Rollin’ and Tumblin”
pace, and next, a slow, dreamy “Sleepwalk”-like guitar takes you to “The Only
One,” into which Holly harmonizes with herself, in a 50’s era lonely-hearted
torch song. “River of Tears’ is her very old-timey, tradition-patined ballad
that resonates of the Carter Family. Bill Anderson’s “Lord Knows We’re
Drinking” is a “Harper Valley PTA” wag of the finger to self-righteous snoops
and prigs.


The real joker in the deck is
“L.S.D. (Rock ‘N’ Roll Prison,” a little psych-tinged rock ditty about a crazed
LSD killer headed for the slammer to “get the monkey off his back,” and he
knows that he “won’t be coming back.” It’s a comical toe-tapper to go out on,
complete with a few trippy sound effects and left-right channel cross-fades.
The CD credits it to Wavy Gravy, but online sources name Wendell Austin as the
writer, which seems wholly more likely. So, all in all, another lively outing
from the homesteading duo. I would definitely say that rustic living suits them
as well as brings a little extra hen coop and barn grit to their music.


“Leave It Alone,”
“L.S.D. (Rock ‘N’ Roll Prison.)” BARRY ST. VITUS


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