Saturday, February 4, 2012

Abby Holden Flipside Album Review and Giveaway!

From a rural upbringing in Tamahere, New Zealand up-and-coming singer/songwriter Abby Holden’s brand of catchy self-penned indie pop replete with frank lyricism is fast gaining her a fan-base on the vibrant London music scene.
Singing from the moment she could speak and a talented classically trained pianist from the age of six, Abby had a healthy obsession with vocals, evidenced by her love of the Phantom of the Opera album and Whitney Houston's eponymous second album. Gaining her first taste of recording in the studio at the age of 12 while singing on a charity record, Abby’s passion for a career in music was ignited, and in high school she learned the guitar - swiftly moving onto to write her own music.
In college Abby formed the band “Skyla”, which gained popularity and performed on TV with the song, “Day by Day” and received radio airplay in New Zealand and Sydney, Australia with “Believe in Me”.
Since moving to London in 2005, Abby has continued to hone the craft of song-writing, recording her debut album “Flipside” at London’s Ritz Studios, which was officially released in the U.K. on March 18, 2011. The album features re-mastered and re-recorded tracks from Abby’s ‘Skyla’ days. “Wrong Tonight” and “Believe in Me” recently went through to the finals of the U.K. Songwriting Competition 2011, while the title track “Flipside” and “Undone” made it into the semi-finals.
Abby is now receiving radio play in London from independent stations such as OnFM 101.4, Recharged Radio and Suckfree Radio; and has recently returned from a successful 10 day U.S. tour that included dates at cult venues, The Bitter End and Café Vivaldi in New York.
The fun-loving Antipodean singer is now back in the studio recording her second album, due for release early 2012.

Tracks of Flipside include:
Wrong Tonight
I'll Be With You Now
Push the Playback
Let Go
Believe in Me
Fly Away
Step Back
I'll Be Fine

My review:
I found this entire album to be very enjoyable!  Most of the songs are really upbeat.  A couple of them (Believe in Me and Fly Away) have a more laid back slower sound.  What stands out to me in the music is how clear the instruments are.  I loved it!

Enjoy this video of the cover song, Flipside:

Disclaimer: I received a download of this album for the purpose of this review from LaFamos PR. I was not compensated in any other way and any opinions are my own. LaFamos is providing the album for the giveaway winner.

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