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By Lou Marzeles

Amy Holland shines on new album


August 9, 2017


LIGHTING A PATH: Singer-songwriter Amy Holland will perform with her husband Michael McDonald, this Saturday at Maryhill Winery.

If you want to be haunted by the beauty and sweep of love, you need to listen to the music of Amy Holland.

Holland evokes the full range of that elusive emotion in her recordings, capturing performances unlike any in ages, clearly standing out among the crush of contemporary sounds mostly characterized by aimless wandering in a cultural desert. Holland could lead the lost all back home. Her newest album is called Light on My Path, and it shouldn't just be heard: it should be studied. Lessons abound in it on hope and hurt, testing and triumph, but always with an eye toward something higher. It's also a textbook on arrangement, craftsmanship, harmony, layering, exquisite musical taste, adro...

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