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The Holy Pictures

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  • Audio CD (8 Sept. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B001CD9K5U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,458 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. I Heard Wonders - David Holmes, Leo Abrahams, Jeremy Stacey, Hugo Nicolson, Dave Terry
  2. Story Of The Ink - David Holmes, Woody Jackson, Tim Harries, Jason Falkner, Leo Abrahams, Hugo Nicolson, Dave Terry
  3. Love Reign Over Me - David Holmes, Gary Irwin, Leo Abrahams, Stephen Hilton, Pati Hilton, Olga Fitzroy
  4. Theme/I.M.C - David Holmes, Leo Abrahams, Zach Danziger, Tim Harries, Hugo Nicolson, Dave Terry
  5. Holy Pictures - David Holmes, Danny Todd, Scott Kinsey, Woody Jackson, Donald Skinner, Zach Danziger, Leo Abrahams, Jason Falkner, Hugo Nicolson, Stephen Hilton, Olga Fitzroy
  6. Kill Her With Kindness - David Holmes, Leo Abrahams, Tanya Mellotte, Foy Vance, Tim Harries, Scott Kinsey, Jeremy Stacey, Hugo Nicolson, Woody Jackson, Dave Terry
  7. Melanie - David Holmes, Danny Todd, Leo Abrahams, Jeremy Stacey, Hugo Nicolson, Dave Terry
  8. Hey Maggy - David Holmes, Stephen Hilton, Foy Vance, Scott Kinsey, Leo Abrahams, Tim Harries, Jon Hopkins, Hugo Nicolson, Dave Terry
  9. Birth - David Holmes, Scott Kinsey, Stephen Hilton, Woody Jackson, Hugo Nicolson
  10. The Ballad Of Sarah And Jack - David Holmes, Jon Hopkins, Leo Abrahams, Danny Todd, Hugo Nicolson, Dave Terry
  11. Return Of The Nightfarmers - David Holmes

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BBC Review

Without wanting to go all Simple Minds, David Holmes could easily be described as a Belfast child. Yet despite all he's done as the city's premier exponent of dance music, most people simply know him from his work with director Steven Soderbergh as composer of a blockbuster film soundtracks.

The Holy Pictures - Holmes's first album since 2003's Free Association - could be the one to change this. Recorded in Belfast over a four year period, it's an intense, personal record which throws up many surprises. The first is its sound; gone is the ragged groove of the Free Association and in its place comes a dense mesh of guitar and synths somewhere between My Bloody Valentine and Spiritualized. The second is the muted, breathy vocals on opener I Heard Wonders; even more surprising when you find out they're done by Holmes himself.

Singing? Shoegazing?? No!wait. Fans of Holmes' energetic DJ sets may sound repelled, but there's much to treasure on The Holy Pictures. The title track and Love Reign Over Me - both featuring Holmes' woozy vocals - top recent efforts by Jason Pierce and Bobby Gillespie, whilst his trademark instrumentals are as textured as ever, especially the beautiful Hey Maggie. The only mis-fire here is Theme/IMC which starts like Brian Eno but ends up sounding like a backwards cousin of Crockett's Theme.

In a year when My Bloody Valentine and JAMC have both returned, The Holy Pictures couldn't have arrived at a better moment. For those not familiar with David Holmes, ready yourself for damascene conversion. --Rowan Collinson

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A complete shift away from the break beat grooves of his best known material towards a more Neu influenced vibe reminiscent of Primal Scream's 'Evil Heat' crossed with the Jesus and Mary Chain's 'Darklands'. So if you get off on those this should also be your bag. Like the JAMC's Jim Reid, DH half whispers rather than sings but that's fine. Whether I play this as often as 'This film..' remains to be seen. There isnt as much to find on repeated listenings as there is on his first 2 albums but it's still pretty good at that.
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Can't add too much to what has already been said, but I just wanted to say that I bought this album in October 2010, and it has not left my car's 6-CD changer once since then. Plenty of other music has come and gone in that car, but "Holy Pictures" has been ever-present. It's that good.
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David Holmes at his best - if you are looking for continuity with any of his last albums forget it - none of them lead onto the other, its just another stop on an amazing musical journey - Another blinder...
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...as he played what I'm guessing was pretty much the whole album in a DJ set at The Big Chill festival this year. The material was very rock-influenced but with strong grooves that you could dance to, very much akin to his 'Bow Down To The Exit Sign' and bands like Death In Vegas and Primal Scream. It was all fairly dark, not much in the way of uplifting/funky material like '69 Police' or 'May Mate Paul', so if that's what you're after you may be disappointed.
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Really pleasant album is the best way to sum it up. I pretty much feel in love with it after the first 5 tracks and found it truely melodic and well produced (as ever with Dave Holmes). As other reviewers have mentioned it is a step away from David's usual production, but is no means lacking.

If you are after something electronic, melodic, beautiful and warming, this album shall chill you out a treat!
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Now one of my fav albums (used in music for London 2012). Thanks Dotun Adabayo and BBC R5L listeners for telling me name of band and CD when I hummed it live on air!!
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Been after this album for ages, didn't disappoint when I got it either. The quality of the secondhand CD from Recordman was brilliant too
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