Radio Joy CD02
Paramour is a flaming comet, devastating and mature, confident and proud. This is what happens when you live to feel the power of life and that you have no choice but contain that force through the structures of a song. Paramour clocks in at just over 30 minutes – nothing extraneous, not a word, note or texture wasted, the very definition of poetry. This is a song-cycle with a loose narrative thread- a piece of sonic cinema with beginning, middle and end: life, love, loss, redemption, no redemption. Band of Holy Joy on this outing sound like the crew of the Flying Dutchman after being permanently marooned in a lost New York.
[Jonny Mugwump, The Quietus, July 2010]
"The shadow of William Burroughs looms large."
Gerry Ranson, R2 Rock’n'Real
"Holy Joy can shift from heartbreak to violence in the blink of an eye."
Jonny Mugwump, The Quietus thequietus.com/articles/04661-band-of-holy-joy-paramour-review
"Folk macabre meets William Burroughs/Lou Reed-like sagas of lust, desire and obsession."
Gavin Martin, Uncut
"The songs inhabit a demi-monde where its always five in the morning, the drink & drugs have long run out, a time where emotions are fragile & intensified, and the sun’s just starting to shine thru tattered grimy curtains."
Den Browne, Mudkiss Fanzine www.mudkiss.com/denmay10.htm
"Alive with lust, torment and obsession."