Holly Starr "Focus" by Grace Thorson (cmaddict) on 2012-10-12 13:51:54
To tell you the truth, I didn’t realize Holly Starr had three full length albums out. I missed her debut album “Embraced” when it was released in 2008. I did get the chance to pick up her second one “Tapestry” and that was where I first discovered her music. And all this time I thought it was her first record! I really need to make a point and pick up her real debut album. Right now, I have been listening to “Focus,” her newest project released through Save The City Records. It’s a pop infused album with worship minded lyrics.
I was visibly amazed with Holly’s first, I mean, second album “Tapestry.” I loved everything about it – the melody, the lyrics, and her voice. It was perfect! My favorite song was “Undertow” and I played it so many times. Over and over again. Holly Starr has easily become a new favorite artist, and I was thrilled to have found her. I couldn’t wait to jump on her next album “Focus” which was just recently released.
Comparing “Focus” to “Tapestry” is difficult. I actually can’t decide which one I like better. They’re both really good and they’re both really different. “Tapestry” seemed to have more rockish’ tones (which I loved), but “Focus” felt more polished, more mature. But whilst writing this review I felt like leaning more towards her newest one. I think it’s because the flow of the whole album is a lot better. I like the tamer version of Holly’s style.
“Let Go” is the first track you’ll hear on “Focus” and it’s one of my favorite songs. The meaning and the heart behind the music is so awesome! Here’s a lyric tidbit: “I know that I’ve held on too long to everything keeping me from learning to let go, I’m learning to let you move me closer to a heart that’s open.” Holly mentioned that this specific track was about letting go of worry and trusting God. And Proverbs 3:5-6 was the verse that helped her to do just that. It also happens to be one of the verses that I often look to as well. Overall, great track!
“Stop and Focus” is another favorite of mine. Once again, the lyrics are what get me with “Lord, I really need to stop right now, stop now and focus on you, even with the chaos all around, stop now and focus on you.” This song is a great reminder for all of us to stop what we’re doing and give our full attention to Him. And that our focus needs to be on God, not on us and our circumstances.
“Constant” is a beautiful praise song by Holly Starr. She sings out to God with lyrics like “I love how sometimes you are my first thought, like a shooting star that won’t stop, where do I begin? You’re so amazing. No matter when it rains, you’re still my blue sky, with you it’s always hello, never goodbye.” The song is stating that God is constant, He never changes, and He’s always there for us! He’s so amazing!
I give “Focus” four and a half stars because it’s a very well-rounded third album. Holly Starr did an impeccable job with the lyrics. I love, love them! Her heart is truly set on praising God through her music and it definitely shows through in her writing. I highly recommend Holly’s new album to any music lover. Pick it up today!
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Label: Save The City Records
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Buy it: Amazon
1. Let Go 3:07
2. This Love 3:09
3. Don't Have Love 3:31
4. Through My Father's Eyes 3:08
5. Me and You 2:59
6. Focus 3:24
7. Satisfied 3:02
8. Constant 3:26
9. I Believe 3:55
10. Grace for All 3:36