HOLLIE COOK

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - JIM CAR­ROLL

Twice Mr Bongo ★★★

Aside from an im­pres­sive pop pedigree (a Sex Pis­tol for a fa­ther, a Cul­ture Club­ber for a mother), Hollie Cook comes to the ta­ble armed with a fine voice, smash­ing songs and a good sense of what it takes to pro­duce hazy, sandy, sunny pop. Her sec­ond al­bum is a leap and jump from where her de­but left off, Cook un­der­lin­ing and high­light­ing a rub of songs full of trop­i­cal spirit and Caribbean groove. Cook and her pro­ducer, Prince Fatty, twist and turn these songs into off-kil­ter gems by adding kooky melodies (Des­de­mona), thump­ing strings (Twice) or dubby at­mo­spher­ics (Look­ing for Real Love). There’s also a nod to her mu­si­cal her­itage in the shape of Ari Up, a fine trib­ute to the Slits’ front­woman and Cook’s for­mer band­mate. An al­bum of heart and bounce. hol­liecook.com

Down­load: Des­de­mona, Look­ing for Real Love

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