For those already enamoured by Holter’s rich, original songs this is an album that provides a fresh look at some of her best work and, for that, it’s a must listen.
Emphasizing the nimble quartet’s interplay, the uncluttered arrangements and clean, uncredited, production suggest a jazz or classical session, not pop calculation.
These re-workings reaffirm her as a tour-de-force and an example of a truly one-of-a-kind musician whose music stands at the crossroads of high art and popular music.
In the Same Room is orchestral and operatic, brushed lines and dramatic gestures, and the presentation of what's at stake, the counts, strings, piano, and drums gathering in a splendid coup.
Each of Holter's studio albums showcases her skill at transporting listeners into the worlds she creates; on In the Same Room, she brings all of these worlds together in performances that are equally intimate and spectacular.
Julia Holter’s is a talent best shown stretched, pulled-out and free-flowing in live performance. This recording environment suits her just right.
Holter and her band's simpatico understanding allows them to explore new corridors in the songs’ attics as they arise. The musicians all have significant backgrounds in jazz, and this looseness to deviate from the songs’ original structures gives this release a valuable raison d’etre.
Featuring gorgeous, dynamic live studio recordings from her last two albums, In the Same Room is a showcase of Holter's imagination and her ability to reimagine.
In The Same Room allows us to get further inside Holter’s songs, to find a certain empathy and commonality in them that we may have had to work harder to identify in her studio albums.
Holter’s work revisiting her catalog offers a glimpse into her artistry and songwriting, and a solid addition to the career In the Same Room overall compliments.