Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs: Sunday Run Me Over

Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs
Sunday Run Me Over
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

It’s hardly news for an English artist to take root in American blues tradition — Zeppelin and the Stones nearly dried that well four decades ago. And yet, after 20 years making music, London-born Holly Golightly continues to find interesting avenues to explore in raw, stripped-down blues rock on Sunday Run Me Over, her seventh album with collaborator Lawyer Dave, and 17th album overall. There’s nothing particularly complicated or unorthodox about the manner in which Golightly and Dave strum or stomp out blues nuggets and country ballads. These 12 songs are as simple as it gets — just two musicians harmonizing and plucking away, making up in soul and pure joy what they lack in overstuffed arrangements. And damned if it doesn’t sound like they’re having a good time doing it, howling “We need a whole lot less of Jesus and a lot more rock and roll” on the bluegrass standout “A Whole Lot More…”, and cranking classic Delta blues sounds up a few notches on the fiery “Goddamn Holy Roll.” There’s certainly no shortage of blues-rock albums out there, and Sunday Run Me Over, for all its winks and chuckles, is a pretty faithful take on some well-worn sounds. But when those sounds come packaged with this much spirit and conviction, sometimes that’s all you need.