6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
Shot In The Dark Paid Off, 6 Jun 2006
I must admit, I got this album purely on the basis that I share the artist's first name; something like judging a book by it's cover, which I'm told is frowned upon. Millan also works with the bands Stars and Broken Social Scene.
I'm not usually one for female singers, but Amy Millan definitely challenged that concept. This is a very interesting album - mixing indie, folk, country, blues to name a few genres. Millan's soulful voice ties all these elements together, making for a varied but contained album. Although the references to the South may have you believe otherwise, and the decidedly American nuances, Millan hails from Canada.
With the same passionate and versatile voice as Fiona Apple, Millan's more lo-fi approach to her music is both heartfelt and innovative. With such prog-esque tracks as Wayward And Parliament alongside unashamedly country He Brings Out The Whisky In Me, and the cheerfully bluegrass Blue In Yr Eye, this is a comprehensive album. Standout tracks include the up-tempo Headsfull and Skinny Boy, reminiscent of Death Cab for Cutie. An emphasis on acoustic guitar prevails throughout, the detailed riffs of which easily compliment the dreamy melodies.
In all, a very impressive debut solo album from Amy Millan, heavy on the acoustic guitars, this album is delightfully summery and intimate. Definitely worth a listen for anyone interested in contemporary indie or lo fi music.