Jolie Holland Springtime Can Kill You (Anti) The rise of Texas-born singer Jolie Holland continues with her third release, and she continues to push the boundaries of American jazz, folk, blues and country. Springtime Can Kill You is full of imagery and sweet, soulful songs - with a thorn lying in wait below every flower. Listening to Holland is an intimate experience - as if she's letting you in on some deep, dark secrets as her characters explore their lives, loves and losses. Sometimes, it's sweet and innocent; other times, it's sexually charged and desperate. But at every turn is that wonderful voice - skimming through the octaves, it's a unique instrument in its own right. The opening Crush in the Ghetto, presents a woman lying back contemplating her actions of the night before, through a haze of longing, while You're Not Satisfied is a carnival-hall lament that wouldn't seem out of place on Tom Waits' Frank's Wild Years (Waits was her first champion in the music business). Moonshiner is a taste of country, pure and simple, and then Holland drifts languidly into the mournful Stubborn Beast, pleading with her lover, 'Why don't you take me when I'm willing?'. It's a good question. Reworkings of C.R. Avery's Crazy Dreams and Riley Pluckett's You're Never Satisfied melt seamlessly with her own work, as does a wonderful take on traditional ballad Adieu False Heart, complete with sly steel guitar. Springtime Can Kill You closes with the evocative ballad Mexican Blue ('When you dreamed my guardian spirits appeared'), and - like the singer - you're left panting for more.