Dirt Don't Hurt

Dirt Don't Hurt

Holly Golightly believes in keeping it raw and real. Over the course of an extensive recording career that began with the similarly possessed Billy Childish, she hasn’t been one for finesse, and she recorded 2008’s Dirt Don’t Hurt in just five days in a studio on the coast of Spain, using retro equipment — those all important vintage microphones — to capture what sounds like a garage band sitting around a campfire. Her “band” consists of one Lawyer Dave who’s credited with “things with strings.” This primitive approach allows for lots of bizarre percussion and an overall sense that these are field recordings unearthed by an eager scholar. “Gettin’ High For Jesus” adds a few gospel shouts for good measure and tracks such as “Burn Your Fun,” the traditionals “Cluck Old Hen” and “Boat’s Up the River,” and “Indeed You Do” frolic with enthusiastic banjo and guitar until the entire ensemble sounds like a band looking to break their lease. It’s not quite out of control, but very loose and proud of its raucous tone.

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