Album Review: Hurricane Holly – Screaming the Storm Out

Hurricane Holly is a Brooklyn, USA-based artist built for these times. With her new album, she provides anthems for those struggling with modern life, from being part of the Millennial generation, to the pandemic, to those trying to find solace in the simple things. It’s called Screaming the Storm Out.

By Graeme Smith

The album opens with Millennial Complex. It’s an anthemic start with clashing symbols, rock riffs and a sense of catharsis. Holly’s vocals are definitely the highlight. Raw and expressive, they deliver lyrics that alternate between quick-fire and soaring in a meditative verse that gives way to a scream-along chorus. I was getting 4 Non Blondes vibes from it. It’s an excellent opener.

A Shadow’s Ballad opens with lingering guitar chords and driving percussion. It introduces some elements of classic rock and folk into the mix without losing its laser focus on the contemporary. Old Brown Bench slows things down a little with an introspective number about homelessness that becomes fiery as it progresses, with some biting, defiant lyrics. It’s a highlight.

Year of the Rat sits at the heart of the album with some rousing, bitter punk rock. Bridges Burned gives us some jangly folk rock steeped with metaphor. Spring lightens the mood a little with a gentle, reflective moment before Unfiltered closes the album with some lively punk that takes the table of daily routine and flips its contents onto the floor. It’s another highlight.

I’m not sure I’ve ever heard a collection as raw as Screaming the Storm Out. Hurricane Holly leaves nothing unexplored in this honest and frank collection, articulating the emotion of each story beautifully. She’s quite the songwriter, and delivers her lyrics with confidence and conviction. It may well be the album you never realised you needed, especially if you’re anxious about our world and don’t know where to place that anxiousness. Holly’s got you covered with her seven cathartic anthems.

You can check out Screaming the Storm Out below.