The Watson Twins - Holler
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Holler (Bloodshot, 2023)

The Watson Twins

Reviewed by Dan MacIntosh

Sisters Chandra and Leigh Watson (known as The Watson Twins) teamed up with big name producer Butch Walker for the musical shout-out, "Holler." The duo, many times known for their high profile backing vocal appearances, put themselves in the spotlight for this enjoyable, harmonious effort.

While the title track rocks out, "Honky Tonk Heart" features the pair exploring their country side. Even though they may find themselves in more cosmopolitan environments, their rural roots always seem to somehow show through. Over some wonderful honky tonk piano, they open by announcing, "Well, I can't hide this honky tonk heart." Oftentimes, they tell us, they just need to trade their "California blues for some cowboy boots."

Walker surrounds these sisters with plenty of delightful instrumentation, but it's also a treat to hear these two fine voices over the sparse sonic of "Love You The Best." On it, they sing sweetly atop a mostly acoustic guitar and piano arrangement. "My Name," with its hand-clapping rhythm, complains about a guy that doesn't even know a girl's name. This issue is made all the more ironic when you consider how it's must be tough to always know the individual names of twins. It does pose a serious question, however. How can you truly love a girl, if you don't even know her name?

The title cut demands a response, "Holler if you hear me." Yes, we hear these top tier vocalists loud and clear. It's been said before, but it probably can't be said enough that familial vocals are always the best. It's like doubling the aural pleasure when two sisters are harmonizing together. The Watson Twins shine brightly and beautifully on this solid set of sisterly songs.

CDs by The Watson Twins

Holler, 2023 Smoke Fire, 2008 Southern Manners, 2006

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