Alanis, Jewel and Paula have nothing musical on Suzzy Roche. On her first album since taking a break from her singing sisters, Suzzy makes music that's as hip and much smarter than any of today's female singing sensations.
Holy Smokes is an album of unlikely subjects and unlikely approaches. Suzzy finds the significance in everyday things--the depth in ballet slippers or childhood songs--and the lightness of life. The album is filled with loss, but not bitterness, and radiates resilience and strength. Musically, the songs are remarkably catchy, the kind you'll find yourself humming immediately. Suzzy combines pop, rock and folk in a way that is immediately accessible without ever being routine. She fits words and music together like a craftsperson, finding just the right piece or angle, and she catches you with lyrical surprises and unexpected melodic turns.