Holly (album)

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Holly
HollyJustinNozuka.jpg
Studio album by Justin Nozuka
Released
  • United Kingdom: March 19, 2007
  • Canada: April 3, 2007
  • Netherlands: May 15, 2007
  • France: February 25, 2008
  • United States: April 15, 2008
  • France (re-release): February 9, 2009[1]
Recorded 2006–2007
Genre Pop, acoustic, soul
Length 49:21
Label Outcaste, Coalition Entertainment, Glassnote Records
Producer Bill Bell
Justin Nozuka chronology
Holly
(2007)
You I Wind Land and Sea
(2010)

Holly is the debut album from Canadian singer-songwriter Justin Nozuka. The album was named after his mother Holly. It was first released on March 19, 2007 in the United Kingdom and April 3, 2007 in Canada. It was then released in the United States on April 15, 2008 by Glassnote Records, peaking at numbers 6 and 30 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers and Independent Albums charts. To promote the album, Nozuka toured across North America with appearances at talk shows.

Promotion[edit]

On February 6, 2008, Justin announced an 18-city cross-Canada tour with fellow Canadian singer-songwriter Hayley Sales, beginning at Nanaimo, BC's Queen's Hotel and finishing at Toronto's Phoenix Concert Theatre.[2]

On August 14, 2008, he announced his first U.S. headlining tour with American rock group The Gabe Dixon Band, beginning at Buffalo's Town Ballroom and finishing at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall.[3] He made his U.S. television debut by appearing on the talk shows Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Good Morning America.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[5]
BBC favourable[6]

Jo-Ann Greene of AllMusic praised the album for the different facets of love it explores thanks to Nozuka's songwriting and vocal performance and the tracks for having different arrangements with various genres, calling it, "A stunning debut, whose lyrics and atmospheres linger on long after the last (hidden) track has played."[5] Jamie Fisher of BBC also echoed Greene's review, praising Nozuka's mature storytelling and singing voice despite his age and choice in vocal notes, concluding that its "a superb album, filled with raw quality. Just enjoy."[6]

Track listings[edit]

Standard track list

All tracks written by Justin Nozuka, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Down in a Cold Dirty Well" 4:27
2. "Golden Train" 3:09
3. "Be Back Soon" 4:21
4. "Mr. Therapy Man" 3:39
5. "Supposed to Grow Old" 4:22
6. "After Tonight" (Justin Nozuka, Haydain Neale) 4:06
7. "Criminal" 4:06
8. "I'm in Peace" 3:41
9. "Oh Momma" 4:54
10. "Save Him" 5:26
11. "If I Gave You My Life" (Nozuka, Pete Cugno; includes hidden track "Don't Listen to a Word You've Heard") 8:10

Japanese track list

No. Title Length
12. "Why (demo version)" 2:58
13. "Lullabye" 4:52

DVD

  1. "After Tonight" (music video)
  2. "I'm in Peace" (acoustic studio video)
  3. Interview

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from the Holly media notes.[7]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2008-09) Peak
position
French Albums (SNEP)[8] 23
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[9] 79
US Top Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[10] 6
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[11] 30

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom March 19, 2007 CD[12] Outcaste
Canada April 3, 2007 CD Coalition Entertainment
July 24, 2007 Digital download[13]
United States April 15, 2008 CD, Digital download[14] Glassnote

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Holly (Edition spéciale inclus 2 inédits + clips) : Amazon.fr : Justin Nozuka : Musique". Amazon.fr. September 9, 2009. Retrieved February 22, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Juno-Nominated Justin Nozuka Announces Cross-Canada Tour". Warner Music Canada. February 6, 2008. Retrieved December 8, 2014. 
  3. ^ Maguire, Chris (August 20, 2008). "Justin Nozuka's first U.S Headlining Tour". AltSounds. Retrieved December 8, 2014. 
  4. ^ Maguire, Chris (September 9, 2008). "Justin Nozuka on Jimmy Kimmel, and Good Morning America Now!". AltSounds. Retrieved December 8, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Greene, Jo-Ann. "Holly - Justin Nozuka". AllMusic. Retrieved August 11, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Fisher, Jamie. "Music - Review of Justin Nozuka - Holly". BBC. Retrieved July 24, 2014. 
  7. ^ Holly (media notes). Justin Nozuka. Coalition Entertainment. 2007. 
  8. ^ "Lescharts.com – Justin Nozuka – Holly". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  9. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Justin Nozuka – Holly" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  10. ^ "Justin Nozuka – Chart history" Billboard Top Heatseekers Albums for Justin Nozuka. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
  11. ^ "Justin Nozuka – Chart history" Billboard Independent Albums for Justin Nozuka. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
  12. ^ "Holly: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-07-24. 
  13. ^ "iTunes – Music – Holly by Justin Nozuka". iTunes (CA). Apple. Retrieved July 24, 2014. 
  14. ^ "iTunes – Music – Holly by Justin Nozuka". iTunes (US). Apple. Retrieved July 24, 2014.