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Review: Beat goes on for Hollie Cook by Nic Howden

Review: Beat goes on for Hollie Cook by Nic Howden
Hollie Cook’s penultimate UK 2018 show, in Oxford on Friday night, finished on a massive Milk & Honey, from her eponymous debut album, straight into the sublime Stay Alive off this year’s Vessel of Love LP.
Cook refers to her music as ‘tropical pop’ and she can adapt it to any stage, from Heaton Park, in front of 70,000 Stone Roses’ fans, to Shepherd’s Bush Empire, with The Skints, to the Jazz Café, where she headlined a sell-out show at the top of this year. 
The 1,000+ capacity Oxford Academy was a big ask from the promoter, numbers soak up the sound so it bounced about a bit to begin with, but ‘London’s finest dub and lovers rock heavyweights’ General Roots, who Cook’s been working with for a few years now, dug in to make it work. And the singer quickly won the room, dancing, joking with the young crowd and smashing the vocal.
The set is just over an hour long, songs from across the three album Cook catalogue, and tour single Sweet Like Chocolate, finding their mark, fans calling for more, calling for Milk & Honey, as General Roots follow Hollie Cook off stage. 
Guitarist Joe Price is first out, to talk shop/merchandise, before beckoning his bandmates on to serve it up, dubby and completely brilliant, ‘You should try, You should try, The milk and rice, With just a bit of honey’, seguing into Stay Alive, which somehow manages to be sweeter still.
Watch out for Hollie Cook hopefully touring again in 2019, she promised to come back to Oxford, and if you’re putting Christmas lists together buy everyone Vessel of Love. 

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