August 03, 1990 at 04:00 AM EDT

Singer in the Storm

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Holly Near
Producers
Chameleon
Genre
Pop
We gave it a C+

After 14 records on her own label, Near — up to now thought of as an artist who performs mainly for women — approaches a mainstream audience with Singer in the Storm, an album of varied songs, many quiet, some forceful, most recorded live. She’s a pointed, subtle singer, but despite her cult reputation, political convictions, and guest appearances by people like rocker Melissa Etheridge, most of Near’s material sounds pretty bland. C+

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