Artist: Steve Hussey and Jake Eddy
Album: The Miller Girl
|Into the Ether|
|Chalk It Up:|
|Long List of Goodbyes:|
|Master Your Mind|
|Looking For Love:|
|The Miller Girl:|
|I pick you:|
The album opener harkens back to early Ryan Adams, a tinny picaresque ballad that soothes and glides and welcomes us for the ride
Into the Ether:
If Rhiannon Giddens and the Carolina Chocolate Drops went a bit more country I think they would definitely sound the way Steve Hussey and Jake Eddy do on Into the Ether which is a lot more wild and loose and jammy.
Chalk It Up:
The third track Chalk It Up is a pleasant surprise. It is at times pensive and at times moody but the vocals work well and I loved the folksy vibe on this one
Long List of Goodbyes:
Continues the pensive mood and sets the tone for the rest of the album. From the light footed fun of the early tracks to the more edgy introverted thematic switch the album actually gets better track after track.
Master Your Mind:
Is the dullest song of the album. It just did not cohere together. I was expecting this song to add to the concept album like structure but it felt out of place.
You Think I’m a Fool:
Is a fairly straightforward Americana meets folk style song that is sincere and does a lot of soul searching.
The Miller Girl:
The titular song is fun and full of energy. Simple chord play, beautiful guitar work and amazing to listen to.
We are on for the last three tracks and the songwriting is strong as ever. Beautiful hooks and melodies abound on this one and I enjoyed the groove.
I pick you:
Is graceful and silent in its own way. It takes a backseat and lets the soundscape wash over and is in its own way gracious and poignant especially as the penultimate track
Sweet: Sweet is the closer and it’s strong and moody. Almost like a Country or Americana Nick Cave meets Tom Waits type. I loved the overall feel of the album and it’s very reassuring to close the year with a good ol’ Country goldmine.
Picks of the album: Into the Ether, Little Shove, Chalk It Up, Long List of Goodbyes, Lay One Down, and I pick you