Holbrook's true talent as a
vocalist and a songwriter were starkly obvious on a cold Tuesday
evening last month, when she played for a packed crowd at Sky Bar in
Somerville. In a
ruffled crimson top, black skirt, and black fishnet stockings, with a
black silk flower behind her ear, Holbrook resembled a 1940s jazz
singer. The crowd was reverently quiet as she sang, frowning and
squinting downward, as though getting out the songs was a physically
demanding process. On the subway she's a captivating voice, on her
albums a girl with a point, but onstage she's the whole package.
~The Boston Globe
Holbrook finds ways to shake free from predictability.
~The Washington Post
Let's be honest here: sometimes farmers' market performers can leave much to be desired.Lily Holbrook was different.I was entranced, and her music was absolutely lovely. Upon returning home, I found out that she has entranced listeners nationwide.
She's got melodies and something to say and a
compelling voice, and she wants to rock out sometimes, and I'm in favor
of all these things.
Lily's got that real effortless, piercing, soaring thing going on -- like whoa.
~The Boston Phoenix
The songwriting recalls the grrl-rock and songstress era of the mid-'90s well, possibly with more writing ability.