Hollie Cook
Mr. Bongo
July 26, 2014

Track list
  1. Ari Up
  2. 99
  3. Desdemona
  4. Tiger Balm
  5. Postman
  6. Looking For Real Love
  7. Superfast
  8. Twice
  9. Win Or Lose
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4 Production : 5 Sound quality : 4/5 Sleeve : 3
Hollie Cook was born and bred in West London in a household dominated by music. She gravitated to the sounds of Marc Bolan, David Bowie and The Cure. With Sex Pistol Paul Cook as her dad, music was always around.

"Twice" is Hollie Cook's second album, following the debut album "Hollie Cook" from 2011. That album was a slightly lightweight but enjoyable and modern collection of lovers rock. For her less conventional sounding follow-up, she and producer Prince Fatty have beefed up the basslines, giving her songs a tropical and dubby vibe. Mr. Bongo did an excellent job in releasing this album for every kind of fan. This means that besides the expected CD and digital download releases they also released it on LP and even cassette! Even though the cassette was a limited release, I love the idea.

If you have listened to the previous album you know and love the unique voice of Hollie. This, combined with Prince Fatty's style, creates her own vibe, which she has mastered more on this album. The tropical vibes of the songs makes this a perfect set of (hot) summer tunes. This vibe starts of immediately with the first track "Ari Up" and goes on till the last song "Postman". Standing out are the songs "Desdemona" and "Tiger Balm", which have a kind of jungle feel. The unique riddims make a good base for other artists to use. "99" is in my opinion the best song on the album, a lovely song for these hot days.

If you haven't checked out any of Hollie's songs, I strongly suggest you do so. This tropical/pop album is a good choice for the summer days. But I must say that I hope that there will also be a dub version of this album like her debut album!