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Holly Ramos
Racehorse
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Rating: 6.7/10 ?


May 9, 2007
Holly Ramos, former lead singer of the punk band Fur, takes on a new form with her debut solo effort Racehorse. The album has an alt-country feel throughout, with Ramos's acoustic guitar bringing most of the sound. Themes of love and loss abound on the album. On the first track, "Thinking About You," Ramos sings "It's hard to get up. I just keep calling that same old take out menu./ I'm eatin' with my eyes closed and lyin' in my bed and thinking about you." On the track "I Ask Myself," Ramos laments "Our love is history, gone for good just like you and me./ Our love is going gone, the record over like a played out song."

Ramos gives credit to her influences throughout the album, especially on the track "Coal Miner's Lullaby," which echoes the 1969 Loretta Lynn hit "Coal Miner's Daughter." Ramos invokes love: "I wish i was a coal miner digging in a mine, then I'd be with you darling all the time," and family: "We could have a baby pretty as could be, dress her up on Sunday and go for rides like family." The track also reveals redemptive nature in the last verse, when Ramos sings, "I never had a mom, I never had a dad, I got a long boring list of the things I never had./ But boring lists mean nothing when you get to sing./ That long list ain't too long cause I got a song."

For those just getting over a relationship, Ramos might be able to soothe your hurt with her soft voice. Listening to this album, you would not know that Ramos developed her chops in the world of punk rock; it is quite a stylistic departure yet fans of Fur may nonetheless be pleasantly surprised at what they find on Racehorse. Ramos shows us that there is a little bit of heartbreak in everyone, but pain can be transformed and "mean nothing when you get to sing."

Reviewed by Nate Logan
Hailing from Indianapolis, Indiana, Nate Logan is a contributing writer to LAS who will be going to Minnesota in the fall to pursue a MFA in poetry. He hopes to develop some weird accent as a result of his time in the North.

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