It starts with a song called 'World On Fire'. The tempo, the urgency, the attack, all suggest all but a world on fire. Chris Staples is everything but in a hurry. The song sounds more as if he is totally in sync with the world as it is and resigned to his fate.
What does catch the ear, is the fact 'World On Fire' is not your run of the mill singer-songwriter song. Staples plays more and more with electronics and throws his voice through some kind of autotune or vocoder to disrupt; not to please.
It this element that puts Chris Staples apart and what to my ears makes Holy Moly a charming if different album. In the title song, the second on this album, again Staples throws in some disruption in the form of the very present drums(machine?). It gives the somewhat dreamy way Chris Staples sings a directness anyway.
These are really all the words I need to point you towards Holy Moly. Go on, I'm sure you'll be fine.
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