Crisp Clean Acoustic: Professional Music On Hold

Crisp Clean Acoustic is a on hold music album befitting of its name. Ideal for a variety of professional services, the tracks featured throughout this album are warm, inviting and inspiring. Heavy on string instruments, the entire album has a light and airy feel to it.

The title track, “Crisp N Clean”, kicks it off with a modern and uncluttered sound that conveys a sense of trust and welcome, important for many businesses and professions. It allows the listener to picture a sunny weekend afternoon with a good book and cup of tea in his own living room.  It has a comforting sound and pace, with a quick strumming guitar.

As its name suggests, “Ocean Way Drive” does have a bit of a “beachy” sound due to  its calming and confident pace, easing into a jazzy guitar solo with acoustic strumming and strong backing chords. For clients who may be contacting you for the first time on the telephone, it’s important to be perceived as a “solution destination”–a business that can get the job done the right way, the first time and every time.  Any office looking to convey knowledgeable yet approachable staff would be wise to give “Ocean Way Drive” a listen.

“Walking Free” is a theme perfect for any business that wants to simultaneously express creativity, personality, and professionalism. Its alternating pace and bouncy feel suggest an uninhibited spirit, while the tight chord progression and piano introduced into the second half of the track show class and accountability.

While it’s not edgy, overall Crisp Clean Acoustic is an album rife with tracks you can consider very useful for Message On Hold music. The tracks throughout this album are appealing, approachable, and enjoyable, sure to delight your callers waiting on hold while complementing your messages and voice over talent.

On Hold Music Review: Big & Juicy Undersores 2

If you’re looking to spice up your Message On Hold program with crowd-pleasing tracks, Big & Juicy Underscores 2 has the potential and the variety to be appealing to a wide variety of industries and a broad customer base. This album is mostly upbeat and features a variety of styles, all with exciting melodies.

“Innovative Plain” is a fun track and get your nodding your head. There is one dominant melody line that appears throughout, with different pieces progressively building around it. The instrumentals are stylistic guitars, and an expressive and driving drum beat. I like this track because it is entertaining without being obnoxious, and is pleasant to listen to. It also gives off a welcoming vibe, which is the most important thing if you’re trying to attract customers.

“Life Ambition” is an uplifting track  that just has a very positive sound to it. While listening to this one, you can feel yourself being driven forward. The truth is people like feel-good music and this is a feel-good track. The song is upbeat with piano, guitar, strings, light drums and some other percussion instruments. This track will help you appeal to new customers and maintain loyalty from existing clients while complimenting all of your on hold content.

My personal favorite on this album, “The Difference”, is…well, a bit different than the tracks we’ve heard so far. The first minute is entirely electronic, but then it really kicks in with some piano, strings and hard hitting drum beats. This track is catchy and fun to listen to.

I think the most important thing to keep in mind when choosing hold music is to pick music that your customers enjoy listening to. For many businesses, this means finding the right mix of entertainment, professionalism, enjoyment, and comfort. Big & Juice Underscores 2 can help you achieve these goals

Super Duper Grooves: Modern On Hold Music

The album Super Duper Grooves has a bit of a funny name, but it does have some good grooves that just might be what you’re looking for in your new Message On Hold Program. I like these tracks because they sound very current, and are a far cry from most “Light Jazz” type on hold music. Many of the tracks on this album are a bit unorthodox in regard to Message On Hold, but there are definitely a few that are big winners in my book. This album is great if you want to give your on hold content a modern feel.

“Transporter” is probably the marquee track of this album, as it is very accessible and is frequently chosen by our clients across the spectrum of industries. I like this track because it’s a bit dreamy and smooth. It can help you give callers a feeling of comfort and security. This track achieves such a level of comfort and relaxation, while keeping it fun and upbeat. Musically this song is electronic and ambient.

The track “Slim Boy Phat”, a play off the DJ FatBoy Slim, has a much different sound than the previous. It is much more confident, and you can almost picture yourself walking through the casino with money in your pockets. It’s a track that’s exciting and interesting and will make your callers feel confident in your abilities. This track might be a little intense for some because of its electronic sound, with pianos, drums, turn table scratches, and brass, but I like it.

My personal favorite on this album is “Into The Blue.” This track is also an electronic song, but more so in the vein of “Transporter”: ambient but upbeat. I enjoy this track because of the haunting piano melody that airs out above the uptempo drum beat, and the “drop in” intro that just sounds great when timed with the beginning of your Message On Hold content. This song is classy and cool, a great pick for any business wanting to maintain those qualities.

Super Duper Grooves is an ideal choice if you want to use exciting interesting music on hold while maintaining business professionalism. Check out these tracks:

Homes and Gardens

Homes & GardensHomes and Gardens is a low-key, warm-sounding album that can be effective for a variety of companies. The tracks add comfort and positive sentiment to content within the context of a Message-On-Hold program, and are all great complimentary choices.

The track “Rustic Charm” features cascading acoustic guitars with rhythmic piano, and a driving drum beat that give a sense of purpose. This is an appropriate tune for a company looking to represent professionalism with unique “charm.” Many tracks on this album bring warmth to content, including this one. Warm music helps convey a sense of trust and reliability, perfect for businesses who want to put callers at ease and assure them that they will be fully taken care of.

I enjoy “Cajun Flavor” because it brings an element of fun to the table. Similar to “Rustic Charm”, it has a warm sound, but it also has a little more of a party feel to it. This song is predominantly acoustic guitar, with a mixture of different types of percussion. On hold, “Cajun Flavor” will keep your callers in a good mood. It’s perfect for a Message On Hold program that needs to be entertaining while still conveying professionalism.

“Designs” has a classy feel that seems appropriate for the more formal marketing messages—but don’t worry, it’s not too stuffy. Once again, acoustic guitars lead the way with light percussion providing a light beat and direction. This track is perfect for the company looking to present themselves as a trusted partner and a vendor that will exceed expectations.

The tracks on Homes and Gardens can be applied to nearly any company wishing to produce an on hold marketing program that exudes trustworthiness. The tracks offer tremendous variety, from those with a party atmosphere, to some with formal flair, to still others that are completely down to earth. And your customers will really enjoy them—they’re among my favorite and are certainly not your ordinary “elevator music.” Overall, choose this album if you want to portray elegance through simple tunes and fun arrangements.

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Electro Lounge 2

Electro LoungeFor certain industries, it’s important to keep callers on hold feeling relaxed and comfortable. The airy style of Electro Lounge 2 is a perfect fit for these industries. The melodies are dynamic and interesting while maintaining subtlety that allows for elegance to shine through. If your business is looking to communicate ease and class, this is the album for you.

While listening to the track “Lift”, you can almost feel yourself starting to space out and float away. It’s a somewhat upbeat track, but the repetitive synth pads throughout this song create a light-hearted, gentle, and fun atmosphere. This track enhances the features described by voice over talent. The song mixes some electronic and ambient piano leads intermittently, which give the track some shape, and help create the vibe of kicking back and taking it easy. There is a certain level of elegance in this track as well, which would be perfect for any business wishing to make their callers on hold feel relaxed while portraying an upscale image.

“Flow Buzz” follows somewhat of the same formula, but this track is driven more by an aggressive and repetitive drumbeat. Reverberated cascading flute leads give this song a distinct sound. Combine these with a foundation of mellow tones and light synthesized piano pads, and this song achieves a cool, chic aura. I would recommend this for the business that wants to portray an elite level of service for a memorable experience.

Overall this album features a variety of tracks that are complementary for the facility looking to enhance their voiceover content. These tracks would definitely bring to life the features described, and would allow the listener to wander into the desired mentality of relaxation and renewal. This album is relevant for any business that is looking to put their listeners at ease through peaceful, soothing music.


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Biz 2

Reviewed by Joe Blakely

album coverBreath in, and release. This album is sure to hit the tranquil spot in anyone’s ear. With its spacey themes and soothing synths, it is pure melodic bliss. When listening to this album I feel my inner chi yearning for a yoga mat and a bonsai tree, trying to escape to my room with the fountain in it!

Some of the highlighted tracks you should definitely check out are Human Interest, Cloud Images, and On Target. Human Interest is an upbeat melodic piece with haunting synths that are extremely pleasing to the ear. When listening to this track I feel as if I am floating through space and taking in the wonders the universe has to offer.

Cloud Images is on our themes by industry page, and rightfully so, this track is versatile because it is upbeat, but doesn’t drive your listener to the point of forgetting that part about relaxing. It too has haunting synths and bright melodies spread throughout.

Last but not least is On Target. With a name like that how could you not like this song. It opens with guitar harmonics and piano, then leads into aggressive synths similar to Human Interest and Cloud Images. These three tracks are just a small part of a great album ripe for the picking by you the consumer.

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X Games and Cinematic Promos

On Hold Music Album Review: X Games and Cinematic Promos

Reviewed by: Joseph Blakely

x gamesWant to inspire action from your callers while they wait on hold? The grungy tracks on X Games and Cinematic Promos have fast tempos that will give your Message On Hold an edgy sound, challenging your listeners to answer your calls to action.

The tracks on this album have fast tempos and grungy melodies that will give your Message On Hold an edgy sound, challinging your listeners to answer your calls to action. “Zig Zag,” one of my favorites off this album, has strong guitar that cuts through the track, making it an especially exciting listen. Another one of my top picks on this album is “Reach for the Gold.” It inspires and has a mild olympian feel to it that is sure to make your customer feel like that they are, in fact, reaching for the Gold.  Last but not least we have “Power Surge,” a super speedy track that will have your listeners moving their feet and eager for more.

Give this album a listen and you will definitely find something that will fit the sounds you—and your callers—are searching for.

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Holiday Cocktails

Album Review: Holiday Cocktails

Holiday CocktailsThere’s something undeniably classy about Holiday Themes done within the light jazz genre. In fact I find that the Holiday Season isn’t in full swing until I hear a lazy drum beat with a melodic saxophone. If this is the Holiday mood you would like to convey in your Message-On-Hold Program for the next couple months, check out Holiday Cocktails in our Holiday Music Library.

“Winter Holiday, Holiday Cheer” is the track that epitomizes the cozy holiday feeling we all know and love. With the lazy jazz kit, easy saxophone melody, and fun piano rhythms, you can picture yourself around the fire enjoying a winter evening among friends and family. This track is neutral in affiliation, so is the perfect choice for a company looking to bring in the Holiday season celebrating the season itself.

“Jingle Bells Jingle Jangle NY Style” brings the classic tune of Jingle Bells to life in a cool urban Jazz club style. Featuring a bouncy bass line, saxophone and clarinet soles, and the same riffing piano parts, this track is simply what the Holidays are all about. With how busy the Holiday season always seems to be, this song slows everything down to just the right pace.

My personal favorite from this album is “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”, recreated in a smooth, sophisticated arrangement. The piano drives this track, carrying the melody and ripping through solo sections. The bass also takes a prominent role, giving the song a fun bouncy feel. This track will have your callers snapping their fingers and bobbing their heads with such enjoyment you might find them asking to be placed back on hold.

I find this track to be the perfect Holiday-Themed compliment to your usual Message On Hold content if anything just because it is overall relaxing and low key. It brings a warmth to the holiday classics, and is professional sounding to bring a jazzy swagger to your program while maintaining its credibility. Pick a track from this album and bring the Holidays in style.


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Inspired to Rock

Album Review: Inspired to Rock

inspiredtorockBusinesses within industries that deal with frequent technological advancements often need to instill in their customers a feeling of comfort while still making their products and services convenient. Inspired to Rock is an album that encompasses this edginess with an altogether bright, sharp sound to its tracks. For the most part it is an up-tempo contemporary album, with crisp guitar leads throughout, giving it a modern vibe.

The track “Sparks”  begins with a delayed electric guitar melody, which in a sense is the theme of this album. The brightness of this track gives off a sense of optimism and overall positivity. This positivity is perfect for conveying a feeling of competence to callers and customers. I think the modern feeling of this track is also fitting for institutions wanting to portray technological sophistication and experience.

“Blue Mountain Sky” has an anthem feel to it, with grooving guitars and a forward-moving up-tempo rhythm. This song expresses to me the idea of cooperation, perfect for a business that intends to work with their customers to achieve the greatest level of satisfaction. Despite the somewhat edginess of the melody, this song encourages an emotion of comfort and trust. These are the very important principles on which business relationships are based.

My personal favorite from Inspired to Rock, “Bright Vision” begins with a mesmerizing pattern of palm-muted guitar notes. It takes on a strong rock melody, mixed in with some lingering leads and interludes. This song is built to represent the fun, modern, professional company, with it’s cool atmospheric sound. The bass line in this track keeps things moving forward, which gives it a feeling of reassurance and progress. This track is a perfect choice for companies looking for a fresh feel and great up-tempo melody, without being too over the top for a professional environment.

As mentioned, the modernity and edginess along with the positive-sounding riffs provide a solid background for breaking ground with customers and portraying an optimistic, trustworthy business partner. Used in a Message On Hold program, Inspired to Rock can help you build your business relationships.

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Cool Young Stuff Volume 4 – Head Into The Danger Zone

Album: Cool Young Stuff Volume 4

Reviewer: Joe Blakely

Cool Young StuffWhen you are looking for something with an edge for your on hold programming, you are heading in the right direction with the choice of this album. Ripe with overdriven guitar and an upbeat tempo, it’s something reminiscent of music in the montage scenes of 80’s movies classics such as Top Gun or Breakfast Club.

Though keeping a mainly upbeat pace throughout, one track that stands out in the album is “Look Both Ways” with its delayed guitar over a serene acoustic guitar pattern, it is definitely something new for your customers while they are on hold. Another crowd pleaser is “Home Grown,” suitable for anyone in the summertime that wants a blues/country feel to their Message On Hold.

The Pièce de résistance of this album is a track by the name of “All I Need.” It leaves me feeling great, like I have finally accomplished an especially hard–I’d like to call it, the “sound of success.” If you’re trying to keep your customers upbeat and “grooving” when you put them on hold, Cool Young Stuff Volume 4 is an excellent choice.

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Happy Happy Holidays – And I Mean Happy

Reviewer: Neil Fishman

At first glance, the double modifiers in the title of the Happy Happy Holidays CD caught my attention. This new addition to Holdcom’s holiday music library certainly isn’t subtle in its presentation, and after reviewing the 12 themes in this collection of contemporary musical styles, I came to the conclusion that it is appropriately named.

Indeed, the tracks are happy.

In the tradition of most production music libraries, all of these selections are instrumental, covering a range of pop, rock, electro pop and dance groove. Solid rhythm tracks form the basis of the arrangements, and there is no shortage of obligatory bells and chimes to satisfy the holiday mix. Although tracks are “sweetened” with an array of synths, their utilization is tasteful and not blatant, as may be the case in other electro holiday adaptations.  If you are looking for a hipper holiday sound that captures the upbeat, positive spirit of the holiday season, look no further than Happy Happy Holidays.

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Christmas Kitsch – Fresh Spin On The Holidays

Album: Christmas Kitsch

Reviewer: Brett Lubansky

Christmas KitschTired of hearing those monotonous holiday arrangements wrung out on popular radio? Had enough of Mariah Carey? While I doubt the latter, Christmas Kitsch might be the holiday album you’ve been looking for to bring in the season with a novelty charm.

Christmas Kitsch features an array of instruments that deviate from the norm, such as vibraphone, harpsichord, and theremin—yes I said theremin. Variety is the name of the game with this Christmas Classic, hitting you with a different feel on every track.

My personal favorite on the album is the “Jingle Bells” rendition, which sounds like it’s straight out of a Beatles song. The mixture of old-school organ riffs, chiming bells, harmonica, and electric guitar leads make for an undeniable good time.

The most unique track on this album has to be “Silent Night on the Prairie,” which is exactly what it sounds like. Picture plucked guitar, whimsical harmonica, and lumbering bass play this Christmas standard to a backdrop of fire crackling and a howling wolf.  If your clients are ranchers, this is the ticket. If not, well it’s still a fun variation on a well-known tune!

Even though the styles are quite different (disco, anyone?) there is a shared carefree 1960’s experimental mentality that will leave you grooving.

Christmas Kitsch is a creative collection of well-known tunes that I would recommend for any application to put a fresh spin on the holidays we know and love.

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Masterworks V.3: Acoustic Christmas – Gentle Side of the Season

Album: Masterworks V.3: Acoustic Christmas

Reviewer: Joseph Blakely

Acoustic ChristmasHark, is that an Angel playing the guitar? Oh no no no – it’s the Masterworks V.3: Acoustic Christmas CD! For those classical enthusiasts out there this one might be the choice for you. With soothing, heart-warming melodies, with the occasional dash of rapid arpeggios, this CD has everything you would want for your holiday program.

“Tradition” is a seminal wintry track full of finger picking, the twanging planks and plucks overlaid with a blanket of synth. A nostalgic rendition of “Deck the Halls” will leave your listeners longing – but don’t fret! If you are looking for a “whistle while you work” jingle, “Sleigh Ride” will put a smile on your face. For that reflective, mellow announcement,Family Photos” will make a lasting impression on your listeners.

Show your listeners the gentle, relaxing side of the Holiday season by broadcasting the wonderment and pleasure of one of Holdcom’s brand new albums, Masterworks V.3: Acoustic Christmas.

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Eclectic Underscores

Album Review: Eclectic Underscores

By Brett Lubansky

Eclectic UnderscoresMusic has the ability to take people away from their “normal” lives and give them an experience. In perusing our albums, I found that Eclectic Underscores truly reflects this concept. The style is mostly up-tempo contemporary, but has a variety of moods and influences. One thing that is certainly prevalent through the tracks is a sense of fun and excitement, which would definitely be desired when communicating the services and experience of a resort, hotel, or restaurant.

My personal favorite on this album is “Open Road Theme.” This song has a very positive theme to it, and drives forward with a certain elegance and professionalism. It remains up-beat through the track, and features piano melody with rhythm guitars and an active drum groove. This track fits the bill for an organization looking to portray class and a welcoming atmosphere.

Another great track is “Kick Back.” This song has a much slower pace than the previous, but communicates a similar environment of relaxation and escape. The foundation of this track is built with cascading guitar and piano melodies that alternate with a lingering saxophone tune. When listening to this track, you can see the lounge chair outside the hotel room with the setting sun and drinks in hand. In your Message On Hold, this track can help “take visitors to another place”

“Smokey” has a more mysterious vibe to it than other tracks on this album, but maintains the fun excitement that so many of these tracks embody. With ambient harmonica, some edgy guitar riffs, violin melodies, and even layered organ lines, there is a lot going on producing a very “Eclectic” sound. The country influences of this song give a sense of comfort, which can be used to support a variety of on hold marketing scripts.

Overall this album can be appropriate for any use where up-tempo contemporary is involved. The themes throughout the tracks definitely lend to businesses looking to keep their callers interested and entertained. This album holds several great choices for the accompanying soundtrack for businesses looking to turn “on hold” into an experience.

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