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Beach Toys Won't Save You

by Michael Holland

Relentless pop with a flair for the theatrical
Genre: Pop: with Electronic Production
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Wish You Were Here
5:07 $0.99
2. Beatrice's Boyfriend
4:49 $0.99
3. If She Really Loved You
3:45 $0.99
4. Boys Say Go
4:19 $0.99
5. Everything in the Whole Wide World
4:16 $0.99
6. (It Came As) No Surprise
5:45 $0.99
7. Stowaway
4:55 $0.99
8. Firefly IX
5:06 $0.99
9. Drive Drive
3:04 $0.99
10. Sin
3:53 $0.99
11. It's Too Late (For a Summer Love)
4:50 $0.99
12. More
3:34 $0.99
13. Arianna Circus Girl
3:27 $0.99
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Album Notes
And then there were four.

"Beach Toys Won't Save You," New Yorker Michael Holland's fourth solo CD, picks up where the previous one ("Darkness Falls") left off: smart, indelible pop with impeccable production values. This time, real strings and horns join the mix, as Holland adds "engineer" to his already burgeoning job description (along with producer/arranger/writer/instrumentalist/singer!). Whereas "Darkness" was mostly a brooding, introspective affair, the mood of the new disc is overwhelmingly upbeat, though no less quirky. Styles as diverse as Beach Boys-type surf rock ("Beatrice's Boyfriend") coexist with Latin-flavored pop ("Sin"), cool jazzy pop ("Wish You Were Here"), and just plain ol' rock'n'roll ("Boys Say Go"). Not to mention the insane number of notes this guy sings.

His last CD (entering its second printing this winter) garnered rave reviews and several awards, including a Blockbuster/MP3 Award for Favorite Male Performer, Rock. An evening of Holland's songs, performed by 16 of New York's finest singers, entitled "Mikey Writes It!", won the 2003 MAC Award for Best Revue. Holland performs nationwide, mostly in New York City, and most often with musical conspirator Karen Mack, in their wildly popular and multi-award winning "Gashole!" series of shows. In addition to his solo CDs, Holland also appears on "The Maury Yeston Songbook," released in spring 2003, along with Betty Buckley and a host of Broadway luminaries. Not exactly sure how that happened.

He has three cats, and they are very bad.



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This is incredible.
I'll say it simply. You'll be amazed when you hear this CD. And, when you play Track # 8, Firefly IX, crank up the volume, and let yourself soar.

Gary R Robinson

Michael Holland is an amazing talent! This CD rocks!
I've been a fan of Michael Holland since I saw him live several years ago. I love Beach Toys Won't Save You. It's a fun summer CD,perfect for blasting with the top down or listening to while lying on the beach. The music,lyrics, arrangements and singing are all fab. Mr Holland is such a talented and original artist! I also love the great photos of Fire Island on the CD!

David Salih

Awesome music
Michael's fresh, haunting melodies strike again. Much lighter than 'When Darkness Falls', 'Beach Toys' is fun and diverse. His music will get in your head and go on for days! I haven't experienced that with an artist in years.The music on this cd is unlike any other cd you will find. Very fresh and genuine -this guy is the real thing.

Kent B. Jones

I've Played This One Over and Over
Reed loaned me his copy and said I would love it, and he was right, so I had to get my own. Sometimes I can't get past tracks 2 and 3, because they're my favorites. 'Beatrice's Boyfriend' has a terrific chord structure -- not to mention a Farfisa organ -- and 'If She Really Loved You' really resonated with me because a friend was going through a breakup at the time. There are some noteworthy nods to Billy Joel, Art Garfunkel, and even Cole Porter, given all those internal rhymes. Great stuff, and a WHOLE lot of basic truths!

Mary Hunt

I love this CD!!!!! The lyrics, music and just overall are wonderful, but as a classical musician, I haven't heard better arrangements from a pop CD in a very, very, very, very long time. Keep up the good work! Now if only I could get a score...

GothicGuru (John Miller)

A nice summer CD
Though not a progrssion in keeping with his last CD "Darkness Falls" - This CD is good. It is fun and upbeat. It isn't as personal or insightful as what I have come to expect from the artist, however, his talent is undeniable. The CD feels like an experiment in writing songs from a distance - from other peoples' perspectives. It also seems purposefully "happy" rather than naturally happy. If you want a "light" beach, summer cd - this could be the one.

Trevor Stohn



This is a great CD! The ease at which Michael manages to jump from one musical style to another is astounding. But more amazing is how he strings these diverse styles together to create a sound that is uniquely Michael Holland. I urge everyone to buy this album!


This CD is So Cute!!!!
Oh my God this CD is so cute!!! It's like traveling in a time machine from the 60's on up. The music and the lyrics go hand in hand.....it is VERY VERY CREATIVELY ORCHESTRATED. Michael holland is the best.

Wendi Simons

God, where to start? The lyrics, yes, the lyrics. Not since Cole Porter have they been so intelligent and witty, so unexpected in modern music. And Michael's voice is amazing. I first heard it on the audio book, "All Through the Night" and was so impressed I listened to the entire book twice in as many days. It was through the author of the book, Suzanne Brockman, that I first heard of Michael Holland. Now I have about 15 years of Michael's music to catch up on and it's time to get started.....
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