Hollowbodies
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Lame , 4/10
Viva La Dregs , 5/10
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The Hollowbodies are a Virginia band that, led by Phillip Roebuck on vocals and guitar, plays passionate folk-rock in the style of Tom Petty.

The trio debuted with Lame (Polydor, 1995), a collection of simple, soulful songs made of honest, realistic lyrics and soft, heartfelt melodies (Today I'm Evil).

A giant leap forward, Viva La Dregs (Polydor, 1997) is both an encyclopedia of chords and progressions of the tradition of power-pop and a carefully assembled puzzle of tasty arrangements. The fatal Petty climax of Buckshot In The Favored Horse leads into the Bob Dylan-ian serenade Little King, with a gorgeous falsetto refrain and counterpoint of accordion. The punchy rock and roll of Underground contrasts with the delicate, good-humoured, piano-based My Little Woman Is A Big Girl Now and the howling country ballad We Move It Out, two of the highlights. If the grunge bombast of Lakefly and the solo acoustic-guitar Plasticine Mesmerism are probably misplaced, it cannot be denied that the band takes risks at almost every turn, and frequently succeeds.

Phil Roebuck has also released a solo album, Under The Matchlight (2000).

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