Amy Millan – Masters of the Burial

January 01, 1970

(Arts & Crafts)


Given the ever-shifting conglomerate that bolsters Canada’s Broken
Social Scene and the shared billing of her ongoing ensemble, Stars, it would be
easy for singer Amy Millan to simply accept a lower profile and resign herself
to supporting status.  However, with her
2006 solo debut, Honey From The Tombs,
Millan made the wise decision to bring her gently burnished vocals front and
center via a quietly alluring set of songs that affirmed her role as a true
folk chanteuse. 


Her new album allows a belated return, and while her hushed
vocals and deliberate reserve tend to instill these songs with a somewhat hazy
bearing, the subtle and supple arrangements gain traction after only a couple
of listens.  A song like “Old Perfume”
(“You’re like an old perfume/ That brings back memories/ An old forgotten
tune…”) injects its remorse with heart-stoked sentiment and tattered desire.  Indeed, Millan tends to tug at the
heartstrings with an easy drift and a gentle ramble, and on some songs – “Run
For Me” and “Day To Day” in particular – she’s even content to settle for a
naked strum and a syncopated beat alone. 
Millan adapts full country regalia for her final bow, applying fiddle
and pedal steel to the soulful, sassy “Bound,” but ultimately her soft,
shimmering vocals and seductive charms provide every track with an irresistible


“Old Perfume,” “Finish Line,” “Bruised Ghosts” LEE ZIMMERMAN



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