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Hollyn - by Hollyn
By Abby Phillips
EP Title: Hollyn
Cost: $5.99 on iTunes
Number of tracks: 6
Genre: Christian Pop
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 stars
The Christian Pop genre is a very crowded field, one that contains many famous and talented artists. Renowned artists such as Britt Nicole and Jamie Grace may come to mind when this genre is mentioned. However, one rising young star stands out from the crowd. New music artist Hollyn is making a name for herself as she tours along CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) giant tobyMac. This Gotee Records artist recently released her first studio album, Hollyn, on October 16, 2015. I found this album an astounding work that anyone will appreciate. Hollyn has style and talent, and a great future if she continues in the Christian Pop industry.
Track No. 1, “Alone (feat. TRU),” is a surprising and unexpected song. This profound song starts off with a soft guitar intro and gradually builds to a powerful climax and bridge. The message of this song is about Christians making bad choices and realizing through the pain they suffer that we all need God. As Hollyn so eloquently puts it, “Lord, I need You like a heartbeat. Concrete, rock solid under my feet.” The bridge of “Alone” features CCM artist tobyMac’s son, TRU, who has been on several of tobyMac’s albums. In the bridge, TRU express his struggle with wanting to fit in, yet live for God. He ends by pleading, along with Hollyn, for God to come be with them. “Alone” is a very solid track that will wow listeners with its strong chorus and insightful lyrics.
Hollyn continues to amaze listeners with her second and fourth tracks, “All I Need Is You” and “Nothin’ On You” (respectively). These are both electronic-sounding tracks that have a bit of a dubstep beat. In addition, Hollyn shows her strong vocal skills by rapping on “All I Need Is You.” Both of these songs express Hollyn’s love for her Savior and her relationship with God as she travels. However, although these songs have similar topics, they do not sound the same. “All I Need Is You” and “Nothin’ On You” are both respectable tracks.
Hollyn shows a wide range of emotions as well as music styles. “Hey Mama,” track No. 3, is a beautiful, emotional song. This acoustic track is set as a voicemail message to Hollyn’s mother, and it expresses Hollyn’s feelings about life on the road as a music artist. She talks about how she is experiencing loneliness and hardships, and wants guidance from her mother. “Hey Mama” was my favorite song on Hollyn, as it was so honest and vulnerable. Hollyn just has a way with words; she seems to be able to express common feelings eloquently. This skill will no doubt help her become a successful music artist in the future.
I found Hollyn a refreshing album, simply because it shows that there is a new generation of talented Christian music artists in the Christian Pop genre. I gave Hollyn 4.5 stars because I really enjoyed the real life topics the songs address. With her deep, soulful voice, Hollyn has a way of making a good song really great. Hollyn is a great EP that makes me excited to hear more of this artist’s work in the future.
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