Steve Holy – “Love Don’t Run”

Janet Goodman | January 14th, 2011

Steve HolySongwriters: Ben Glover, Joe Leathers and Rachel Thibodeau

Curb artist Steve Holy’s last album was released back in 2006; five years can seem a lifetime, an agonizing, career-challenging lull for a star in the music business. To his credit, his latest single “Love Don’t Run” showcases a voice with newfound maturity, and a lyric with more emotional depth than both his #1s combined (“Good Morning Beautiful” and “Brand New Girlfriend”). Five years off sounds good on Holy.

In this melodic ballad, he sings the part of a grounded male–confident, but not cocky; powerful, but not in-your-face; sensitive, but not whiny. Bracing himself for what he fears to be a hard hitting truth from his girl, he tells her that whatever it is, he can take it, wants to make things right and is unwilling to give up on their relationship. The listener meets up with the couple right at that point where he’s about to face the fire and walk through it. “This is gonna hurt, this is gonna hurt like hell/This is gonna damn near kill me, sometimes the truth ain’t easy.” Holy assures her, though: “Love don’t run, love don’t hide/It won’t turn away or back down from a fight.” Sung from the heart, he seems to convince himself, as well, with his argument.

This song has an economy of lyric and simple production that slowly swells with a gut-felt cinematic piano sweep–in all that instrument’s bass-note glory. It’s a straightforward pop love-anthem rendered without the stark imagery and philosophical leanings of another piano-driven song at country radio–Lady A’s “Hello World”–but delivered honestly and with gusto by Holy.

Compared to the light-weight ear candy of “Good Morning Beautiful,” which held the top spot for five weeks in 2002, “Love Don’t Run” has more emotional meat on the bones. This, along with his well-rested pipes and an Enrique Iglesias look, ought to make for a handsome comeback for the singer.

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  1. Ben Foster
    January 14, 2011 at 8:41 am

    I’m still in the process of rendering judgment right now, but I did enjoy Steve’s vocal performance on this track.

  2. Jon G.
    January 14, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    This is really interesting. I’m a big fan of Holy’s album ‘Blue Moon,’ and I wouldn’t have been able to tell it was him just by listening. His voice has deepened and is edgier. It’s definitely not bad, though; it’s just that he was just as good – and so distinct – before and I’ll have to adjust to the change. Like Ben Foster, I’ll have to further consider the merits of the rest of the track.

  3. Kyle
    January 14, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Hrm. I like Holy, but there’s nothing all that interesting about this to me. The lyrics seem mostly like a collection of cliches, and it’s trying to tug a little too hard on my heartstrings. The power-pop ballad productions doesn’t do a lot for me either.

    This kind reminds me of Steve Azar’s recent “Sunshine”, though I actually liked that a little better. A very appealing voice on a reserved track, but kind of corny and boring. I won’t be bothered if it does well, but I probably won’t be buying it either.

  4. Rick
    January 14, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    When I purchased a copy of Lisa Brokop’s “Hey, Do You Know Me” CD, I have to say her duet with Steve on “Let Me Love Again” struck me as one of the best songs on the album. I don’t normally care much for semi-bombastic anthem style songs, but Steve flat out sings the heck out of that song and shows what he is capable of.

    The Curb label’s Nashville operations seem to be clueless as to how to promote most of their non-established artists, and especially over the last few years (ie Amy Dalley). Any artist in Music City that signs with Curb these days must be out of their mind as it seems to be a shortcut to a career dead end. I wish Star de Azlan was with Republic Nashville instead where they’ve done a fine job promoting Sunny Sweeney.

  5. Thomas
    January 15, 2011 at 4:11 am

    …steve holy looks and sounds like a pop-singer, although a very good one. people, who like this song won’t be liking something more country and vice versa.

    he seems to be falling into the same positioning trap as jimmy wayne, and to a certain degree, jake owen. this comeback looks to me like a serious up-hill battle – would be nice though, if he’ll make it.

  6. Bob
    January 15, 2011 at 8:05 am

    I saw Steve Holy in concert 5 or 6 years ago and the man can flat out sing and connect with an audience. I have both his cds but have to admit that his material could be better. “Love Don’t Run” is ok at best. I agree with Rick about “Let Me Love Again”, Steve’s duet with Canadian Lisa Brokop. I love Lisa’s voice and material but she just never caught on in the U.S.

  7. Steve
    January 15, 2011 at 10:02 am

    This is one guy who can sing. I don’t know why his success is so sporadic. I hope this does well for him and maybe he can follow it up with something else that is decent.

  8. Ben Foster
    January 15, 2011 at 10:10 am

    The lyrics don’t really do a whole lot for me, I’m afraid. But at the very least, Steve’s performance should keep this from being a change-the-station song in my book.

  9. Bobby Peacock
    January 17, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Agree that this is his best vocal. I also don’t think the lyrics are cliché.

    “Go Home”, “Put Your Best Dress On” and “Come On Rain” are some of his best work. Shame none of those were hits. Particularly “Go Home”, which I still hear on my local station now and then.

  10. Steve
    March 28, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    He’s a very underrated singer. This song is great, hopefully it will be a big hit for him. I have his first two CD’s and they are excellent.

  11. doreen ditzel
    July 19, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    love don’t run is a greattttt song specialy when ur there in life

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