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Rating: 7/10 ?


March 30, 2007
It's still hard to believe. When Amy Millan, frontwoman for the Canadian indie darlings Stars, first released her solo debut in 2006, the response heard was a collective gasp from those unprepared for such a beautiful, country-tinged effort. Honey From The Tombs channeled a different side of Millan and showcased an ability to stand alongside the Lucindas and Lorettas of our time.

Now Millan develops a few of those songs as well as some cover tunes, teaming with the famed KCRW to release a five-song EP revealing her live prowess. "Skinny Boy" and "Baby I" start things off and would be at home at the Grand Ole Opry alongside the soulful C&W performances of old, but the tracks seem more suited for a roadside bar at closing time, the lights turning off while Millan sings of love and loss all by her lonesome.

"Skinny Boy" finds Millan pining beyond her normal twenty-something pop tendencies as she sings, "When it's done, I'll drink champagne to the lonely, lonely in me." That same thread weaves throughout on the aptly-titled "Losin' You" and "Baby I," the latter of which finds Millan admitting that the heart heals rather slowly:

I'll get over you when the moon gets tired of chasing the sun
I'll get over you when all God's work on Earth is done
And on that day when I go to meet my maker's son
I'll need no one and I'll be over you


The album closes with two covers, but only one seems appropriate here. "Look Up" was originally found on Stars' 2002 release, Heart, and reminds the listener of Millan's indie background, while Death Cab for Cutie's "I'll Follow You Into The Dark" feels like an empty add-on pinned to the project's tail. Millan's version is neither memorable nor does it fit snugly into an otherwise cohesive project, partially allowing the audience to forget just how amazing of a songstress Amy Millan really is.

Reviewed by Matt Conner
A contributing writer, Matt Conner lives in Anderson, Indiana.

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