By Rory Holl
Freed from the "funk" shackles of his band Eris, Rory Holl provides a mixed bag of pop rock on his first solo outing. Floyd fan, Rory clearly is unafraid to experiment and like all who dabble he gets it right and inevitably wrong. Opener "Happy Song" may lack much in the way of a title but it is steady and accomplished, yet "What You See" feels like an afternoon of bedroom noodling and not something that was crying out to be shared. The funk overtones are kept suitably dark on "Burned from the..." but the twisted guitar solo never fits. "Turn You Into Gold" is well put together but why Holl feels that his normal (excellent) vocal tones need some horrible RHCP wrangling will remain a mystery. Thankfully the best is saved for last with closing duo of "Stations" which although slightly schmaltzy gets the mix just right, and "Folk Song" which takes a less obvious lyrical stance than previously to good effect. Holl is still a long way off the finished article but as these tracks prove, there is imagination aplenty and plenty more to come.