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Jolie Holland: Bush Hall, London

Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 6 May 2004

AMY WINEHOUSE happened to be playing around the corner when Jolie Holland was making her London debut, a fact worth mentioning because both singers are making their names with voices that sound a century too old for them. They share a cobwebby, blues-based quality that will never fly on Radio 1 and attracts people approximately twice their age. As the more boho — she's a spectacles, plaits and creaking-fiddle sort of girl — Holland has her own cult of 40-something men who stamp and whistle as if she's folkie Kylie. Before the show, they buzzily clustered around a table selling copies of her raved-about second album, Escondida.

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