Honey From The Tombs

Studio Album by released in 2006
Honey From The Tombs's tracklist:
Losin You
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Skinny Boy
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Ruby II
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Baby I
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Headsfull
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Wayward And Parliament
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Hardhearted (Ode To Thoreau)
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Blue In Yr Eye
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Come Home Loaded Roadie
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All The Miles
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He Brings Out The Whiskey In Me
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Pour Me Up Another
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Honey From The Tombs review

Both entertaining and thought provoking album

Amy Millan is the front singer of the Canadian indie bands Stars and Broken Social Scene. Her rich voice is easily recognized all around Canada, the US and beyond, for it always refined the rock compositions of these groups. Amy Millan’s debut album Honey From The Tombs however has surprised the fans in the respect of its stylistic direction: there are very little rock tracks and the prevailing styles are country, folk, bluegrass and to some extent jazz. This can be explained by the fact that in her youth she was influenced by the creative work of a bluegrass band Crazy Strings. Thus the record presents a collection of previously written songs recorded with the participation of the her fellow musicians from Stars and Broken Social Scene among which there are Dan Whiteley playing guitar and mandolin and a banjo virtuoso Chris Quinn. The bulk of the songs on Honey From The Tombs are devoted to the themes of love, loss, loneliness and drinking, all quite characteristic of country and bluegrass music. Amy Millan’s sensual vocals refine this both entertaining and thought provoking album and guarantee a pleasant time spending.

Amy Millan’s vocals freely get straight to the heart

On Honey From The Tombs the singer has revealed herself as a capable songwriter for the styles she adheres to here require a special approach to both the tunes and the lyrics. As for the album’s instrumentation, most tracks boast a splendid combination of drums, guitars, keyboards and some other instruments that add zeal to them. Amy’s gentle vocals harmoniously combine with the guitar lines on the opener Losin You, a song about failing relationship, and her intonations make one smile on the funny song Skinny Boy with a slight pop flavor. The rock representatives on the album Headsfull has got one of the catchiest melodies and a great up-tempo rhythm, and Millan’s talent of a lyricist shines on the composition Wayward and Parliament, also remarkable for amazing trumpet solos. Minimal percussion, male backing vocals and the sounds of banjo let Amy Millan’s vocals freely get straight to the heart of the listeners, leaving no doubt that whichever style the artist prefers to sing in, she’s a success. To fix this impression, Come Home Loaded Roadie is an especially touching composition, on which only keyboards accompany the singer’s strong voice providing her with a chance to give it full swing. Honey From The Tombs is an amazing solo effort, that has proved Amy can do much more than we know.

Honey From The Tombs opens a new page in Millan’s career

After gaining popularity as a member of two groups at a time Amy Millan has decided to move further. It is quite natural, that she does not want to be associated only with them, and to emphasize the difference; the singer has made an album in a style that would surely help her become incomparable. Honey From The Tombs opens a new page in Millan’s career, and unless her ambition to become a solo artist disappears, it is quite possible that very soon everyone will know her name. After she has been working with a mixture of different styles, Amy still has a wide range of directions to choose from, and evidently the new record is not the sign of all her aims and opportunities. Since she is in good relations with the musicians, she has got a steady support to continue recording both solo albums and as a vocalist of the bands. Anyway with the release of Honey From The Tombs she has made herself a name and her old and new fans may be soon expecting to hear from her. No matter what comes next, this album is going to surprise a good deal of people and take an honorable place among the best country and bluegrass albums of the year.