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Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs

No Help Coming – 2011 (Transdreamer)

Reviewed by Brian Baker

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To categorize Holly Golightly's fascinating career path as eclectic is to understate with a politician's skill. After fronting Billy Childish's girls-in-a-garage annex group Thee Headcoatees in the early '90s, she embarked on her solo career, collaborated with White Stripes and recorded 2003's "Truly She Is None Other" with the Greenhornes.

In 2007, she and Dave Drake, aka Lawyer Dave, released their debut as Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs, cleverly titled "You Can't Buy a Gun When You're Crying," which found the duo charting an Americana/country/folk course, followed by 2008's similarly inclined "Dirt Don't Hurt." Both albums were assembled in the scant days that Golightly and Drake could set aside when there was an ocean between them, with Drake in the States and Golightly in London. Right after "Dirt," Golightly relocated to America when she and Drake found a tumbledown Georgia farm to serve as home and studio, resulting in 2010's excellent "Medicine County," their first work done while living in the same locale.

"No Help Coming" is par for the course that Golightly and Drake have established on the last three Brokeoffs projects. The title track opens the album with a jaunty rockabilly beat, while The Rest of Your Life hearkens back to Golightly's garage days in Thee Headcoatees with a thunderous beat and Burn, Oh Junk Pile, Burn channels Southern Culture on the Skids at their slinkiest and most Middle Eastern.

The rest of the album adheres to those parameters, from the chugging thump of You're Under Arrest to the mournful Get Out of My House to the roadhouse sing-along of Leave It Alone.

Although there's nothing groundbreaking on "No Help Coming," but given the Brokeoffs' catalog to date, experimentalism is hardly in order. Golightly and Drake mine a rich vein of quirky Americana and country-tinged garage rock and their success in that regard hardly warrants a change of direction.