Marva Holiday returns, signalling a new phase in her musical career with the Joseph Chambers featuring single To Love Somebody.
The music business is a harsh one. Once you leave the industry and time moves on, it gets harder and harder to make that re-entry if circumstance change or the creative juices start flowing again. It doesn’t seem to be a problem for Marva Holiday, however. Known for her work in the Northern Soul movement, Holiday returns to refresh the world with her signature vocals, and she’s brought along fellow artist Joseph Chambers for a remake of the track To Love Somebody.
The song starts slow and sultry against an electronic sounding drum track before Holiday’s vocals slide in, still keeping the docile tones of years gone by. Chamber’s then adds his vocal talents in a nice transition with a deep and powerful structure. The voices harmonise perfectly and really suit the track’s rhythms and melodies. The slow and steady pace gives the track a chance to build as background piano and Hammond organ intermittently rise up to help tie everything together.
The track grows in confidence as it progresses, along with the vocals which attempt more complicated and risky ventures, both singers pulling them off with aplomb as they form a dance of sound and rhythm. If there is to be a criticism, it’s that the track feels a little empty, musically, at times; it just feels like it needs an added guitar track or something to really make it punch where needed.
It’s always hard to come back to the music industry at a later stage in life, but Marva Holiday has pulled it off well. She’s obviously missed the industry and has used track To Love Somebody as an announcement that she’s still got it. The passion and dexterity in vocals make the track what it is, even if the music could do with an added layer or two at times to bring out the sound.
By Jamie Parmenter