Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Country, Folk, World Music, Pop
Bill Miller's first major-label album, The Red Road, reflected both musically and lyrically his background as a Native American who grew up on a Wisconsin reservation. The wooden flute and acoustic guitars of that project ... more »
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Bill Miller's first major-label album, The Red Road, reflected both musically and lyrically his background as a Native American who grew up on a Wisconsin reservation. The wooden flute and acoustic guitars of that project are replaced by a conventional rock & roll band on the follow-up, Raven in the Snow, which reflects another side of Miller's childhood. Unfortunately, Miller's heavy-handed approach to rock includes stiff, clumsy rhythms, overstated vocals, and such hackneyed lyrics as "With the wings of sorrow, I have taken flight/Cloaked in the darkness like a thief in the night." --Geoffrey Himes
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A response to the hack named Geoffrey Himes
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The review by Geoffrey Himes is far from accurate. It is amusing that he uses "hackneyed" and "heavy-handed" to describe the music and lyrics on Bill's finest recording, The Red Road, that includes "Tumbleweed", "Faith of a Child", and "Trail of Freedom". The CD is actually one of the best folk/country recordings ever made by a First Nations' artist. "Faith of a Child" is, perhaps, one of the most evocative and inspiring songs ever written about physical disability. The production work by Richard Bennett is flawless. But, hell, ole Geoffrey Himes is probably an insensitive lout who begrudges anyone this type of meaningful sentimentality. Judging from his "hackneyed" reviews in No Depression magazine and the Washington Post, I suspect that both he and I should remember the old adage: "Don't say anything at all about someone if you don't have something good to say." What do you think, Geoffrey? Forget this guy's review. Go buy it; you'll like it."
Bill Miller's best opus... deserves 6 stars ! ! !
Damien De Polignac | Jacksonville, FL United States | 10/08/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
""the red road" is the kind of cd that you can listen for ever without never getting bored... "reservation road","tumbleweed",
"faith of a child" are probably the three best songs ever written by Bill miller... the arrangements are simple but beautiful, the sound is incredible (especially on the instrumental track 1). if you like folk music and acoustic guitar, this cd is for you, it's worth it !"
Native American girl in Texas
Swan | Texas | 02/02/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Bill Miller is an awesome artist. I recommend his cds for anyone...just to relax to in the morning (Kokopelli's Journey) or to really get the blood pumping (The Intertribal Powwow). And "Memories of Wounded Knee" came from his heart and landed right in mine. This album is a must for anyone interested in good music."