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Hollie Cook
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
So let's get the hype out of the way first, Hollie is the daughter of Paul Cook, who if you are 50, you might remember as the drummer from the sex pistols. So growing up she was surrounded by music and musicians which could explain the career choice and the fact she ditched performing arts school to go on tour with Ari Up and the reformed Slits. Can't blame her really.

The next steps on her career were collaborations with Ian Brown, Jamie T and most importantly Prince Fatty where the seeds of this album were sown. Now Hollie is a fan of classic reggae singers like Janet Kay and Phyllis Dillon as well as classic 60's girl groups and with Prince Fatty she has produced a fresh sounding reggae hybrid which at first we found a bit unsettling but soon learnt to love, Hollie calls it 'Tropical Pop'. Her voice has a sweet innocence to it and coupled with some authentic roots reggae riddims it's a lethal combination. We're telling you this album could be everywhere over the summer, and if it is, the warmer months will sound a whole lot better for it.

If that wasn't enough you also get the likes of Omar, Dennis bovell, George Dicker (Pioneers), Style Scott and Horseman all involved for good measure. Now 'Milk and Honey' might not need an introduction as it got widespread radio play from the Prince Fatty album and featured on Grey's Anatomy but this album is far from a one trick pony. We are also loving 'Cry(Disco Mix)' which juxtaposes Hollies sweet vocals with some gruffer ruffer male vocals, her immense version of the Shangri-Las' 'Walkin In The Sand' and the affarirs of the heart winner 'That Very Night', though the album is full of crackers start to finish.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 15 August 2011
Charming record. Great production, lovely voice. Reggae with grace and originality but a bit short at 35 mins. Could have done with dub versions for the full 5 stars. One or two songs are a bit weak but definitely worth buying.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 January 2014
With tunes like this I really don't care who her Dad is! How has it taken me so long to discover this?
Buy this and the accompanying dub album and you will be rocking with some riddims that could have been made in the glory days of Studio One Jamaica. Fantastic roots production by Prince Fatty who has captured an authentic rockers sound perfectly. With a flood of RnB influenced, autotune voice distorted rubbish coming from the current dance hall scene of Jamaica it is refreshing to know that artists out there appreciate the sheer joy of pure reggae music.This really is a breath of fresh air for this pair of old ears! BUY!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 July 2013
I love this cd it is filled with superb, clever, chilled out reggae and ska brilliance. Surely Hollie Cook is due to mega stardom soon , thanks Mark
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 January 2014
went to see hollie support the roses at heaton park, and was impressed enough to buy this album. no regrets, and look forward to the next one
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 January 2014
The right instruments, good arrangement and production and Hollie and Horseman - what a combination. Not a dud track here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 30 May 2014
This is such an optimistic upbeat sunny wonderful album each song is like a beautiful light dessert, I love it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 February 2013
Great modern reggae CD, good bouncy tunes that are reminsent of the reggae I used to listen to way back.
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I must confess I'd never heard of Hollie Cook until I downloaded the free Mr.Bongo sampler from Amazon last week. I found I loved the two tracks of hers on that album and was inspired to go for her own album on download and I'm so glad I did :-) ... Its a real blast of reggae how it used to be when I loved it back in the 70's .. Others have compared her vocals to Janet Kay (think "Silly Games") and I can see what they mean . Tuneful, Chilled and altogether a real quality album that I'm looking forward to playing as we move into summer .. All in all a real nice surprise and at a bargain price too (£3.99 at time of review) .
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on 28 October 2012
Will go in-noticed because its so good why bother playing great new artists like this when you can play run. Of the mill stuff EH !! capital,radio one etcmix this with Eva Leigh and you have two new reggae artists who should be supported but will it happen sadly no ,just buy it and be amazed,try the dub album after sounds like king tubby albums from the era so good
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