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This review is from: Honey From The Tombs [Digipak] (Audio CD)
If Amy Millan only did her day job - with the band `Stars' - that would be reason enough to regard her as one of the very best of current female singers and the 2005 album `Set Yourself On Fire' by `Stars' is a true masterpiece.
It is she also who, along with some of her band mates and many others, works in the awesome and rather avant-garde collective `Broken Social Scene' that released their second LP in 2005. You might think this is a punishing workload for anyone; but not it would seem for Amy. We already know 'indie Amy' and 'experimental Amy' but I for one never expected that her first solo album "Honey From The Tombs", which was three years in the making, would bring us 'alt-Amy', and when I read the first reviews I was equally curious and alarmed.
I shouldn't have worried because she seems to have near flawless judgement: the album is quirky, lyrically clever and her vocals are wonderful as ever. It is much more acoustic than her usual outlets but if you like Nerina Pallot - "Fires" then you should seriously consider listening to this (and vice-versa). If you like Cerys Matthews' solo music then you'll probably find much to like here and track 9, "He Brings out the Whiskey In Me" sounds like a truly inspired hybrid between Cerys' "Chardonnay" and Sandi Thom's "Sunset Borderline". For what my thoughts are worth the final track, "Pour Me Up Another", reminds me of something from the eponymous album Saint Low, released in 2000. This album is a very much a risk worth taking...