Release Date: Sep 22, 2009
Record label: Arts & Crafts
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
Singer/songwriter Amy Millan (Sixteen Tons, Stars and Broken Social Scene) crafted a painterly debut with 2006's Honey from the Tombs, a soft and wistful Sunday drive of a record that was equal parts folk and country, with a hint of indie rock despair. 2009's Masters of the Burial opens the bedroom blinds a tad wider, bathing the room in a dusky glow that echoes late-period Sam Phillips and ex-Pulp guitarist-turned-modern-day Roy Orbison Richard Hawley. Millan offers up a sparse cover of the latter's "Run to Me" on Burial, an 11-track postcard from "a room or two away from the edge" that showcases the Canadian's impossibly warm voice and simple but effective melodies.
Honey from the Tombs, Amy Millan’s first solo album, had one great song (“Skinny Boy”), a few other compelling tracks, and a bunch of stuff that seemed to just drift by. The singer-songwriter who’s in Stars and often contributes to Broken Social Scene was never expected, of course, to produce something as immediately likeable or formally ambitious as those overpowering indie presences. Nevertheless, her solo output so far always seemed, well, pretty modest in comparison.
As part of DiS' Reviews Amnesty week we take a look back at some of the releases we missed out casting our critical eye over this year. If there exists such a thing as a die-hard Stars fan, then Amy Millan will find out when she counts the sales of her second solo LP Masters Of The Burial, because it's hard to imagine anyone other than a devout Stars acolyte being interested enough to buy it. If mediocre first album Honey From The Tombs didn't put the casual and curious off, mediocre second album Masters Of The Burial certainly will.
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