With his debut album, Hollow, Toronto native Howie Beck has constructed a remarkably rich and melancholy work. Beck put this album together in his bedroom studio, but this is a homespun recording with a lush heart -- and not some lo-fi curiosity. With his unerringly pop-tinged songcraft, swooning (albeit primarily acoustic-based) arrangements, and breathy vocals, Beck often evokes (and matches the feats of) such pensive pop masters as Joe Pernice (the Pernice Brothers) and Elliott Smith -- especially on such blissfully reflective fare as "Maybe I Belong" and "Serves You Right." Hollow is packed to the seams with breathtakingly melodic sleights of hand, and seems to dwell permanently in some gorgeously brokenhearted twilight state.
AllMusic Review by Erik Hage