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Your Love and Other Lies
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop, Rock
Buddy Miller's debut solo album is stubbornly old-fashioned--full of twangy vocals, emphatic two-step beats, stripped-down arrangements, and unvarnished plain talk about romantic desire and disappointment. Unlike most honk... more »
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Buddy Miller's debut solo album is stubbornly old-fashioned--full of twangy vocals, emphatic two-step beats, stripped-down arrangements, and unvarnished plain talk about romantic desire and disappointment. Unlike most honky-tonk revivalists, however, Miller turns the genre not into a downer but into an exuberant whoop of joy. Even on the broken-hearted songs, Miller sounds as if he's so revved-up he can barely sit still. He recorded most of the album in his own living room with harmony vocals by his wife Julie, Jim Lauderdale, Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, and Dan Penn and picking by Williams's rhythm section and ex-Burrito Brother Al Perkins. --Geoffrey Himes
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rraabfaber | Albuquerque, NM USA | 06/09/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"YeeeeeHaaaaaaaw folks! We got us a kuntree rekerd! I say that in all sincerity and awe of this beautiful work. I'd been aware of Buddy for a few years, due to his work as a session man and producer on other people's work. After reading an article about him and wife Julie in No Depression (#23 Sept Oct 1999), I felt compelled to pick up a CD. There is not a weak song in the bunch. The production is dead-on. It is clean, sparse, not over done. Buddy's vocals make me think of the phrase "High-lonesome," in most songs, but there is also that cigarette/whiskey edge that feels like he's been down a few of the rougher roads of life. The lyrics range from get-down good-time fun "A Girl Like You" or "Hole in My Head" to haunting tear-jerkers "Watching Amy Dance", Don't Listen To The Wind", "Through The Eyes of a Broken Heart" and the Julie Miller penned "Don't Listen to the Wind" There is a 1960's country feel to a lot of these tunes. "I'm Pretending" has a very Buck Owens feel to it. All in all, the CD leaves you feeling as though you are listening to an exceptional house band in a Tennesee roadhouse. Tammy Rogers Fiddle is exceptional. Gurf Morlix' bass, Donald Lindley's drums and Al Perkin's steel guitar steel guitar stand out as prime examples of how these instruments should be played. All the musicians on this record just shine. As for a previous reviewer's comment that Buddy's music will never be big on radio, I can only say that it is merely a reflection of the industry's need to market the 'pretty people'. Buddy may not be pretty lookin', but his music is sure pretty sounding. If you are sick of the slick, over-produced pop music with a twang that passes for country these days, do yourself a favor -- buy this CD. If you're a fan of real country music, you won't be sorry."
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Angela Griffin Gilmer | New Augusta, Indiana | 02/18/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Excellent recording. Liked the cut "Don't Listen to the Wind" composed by Julie Miller. Straight to the heart lyric and haunting melody. Every selection a winner. I wish country music on the radio sounded like this! I'm looking forward to catching one of their concerts this spring in Lexington, KY. What a great combination-Buddy and Julie Miller's music,the beautiful Lexington countryside and Kentucky Bourbon!"
Roland Dean | Austin, TX | 12/17/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this CD from Buddy himself at a nearly empty Hightone Records Showcase at First Avenue in Mpls on a cold Winter nigth in the winter of 1996. For me, Buddy stole the show. He was so damn good, despite the fact that few were there to notice. After meeting him (kinda), he confused me with his quiet-man personna; I just could not accept that someone that talented seemed so shy.
Well, last night, five-and-a-half years later, I saw him for the second time in a small club in Austin, TX (actually I saw him briefly with Emmy Lou Harris at Red Rocks a couple of years ago). He and Julie (his wife) did an amazing set. They did a couple of tunes from this record -- "That's How I Got To Memphis" (Tom T. Hall) was particularly superb. If I could write songs as well as this guy, hardly anything else in the world would matter to me. And the way he sings and plays guitars is so unique yet familiar. Buddy Miller is a significant evolutionary step for Country music as an art form -- as a songwriter, guitar player and singer. I am willing to bet that there isn't a single Country music insider that does not revere Buddy as very special.
Buy this record (and his others) as many times as you can afford. Give it to the people you care most about. Even if they think they don't like Country music and may not want to listen to it, you will be contributing to the financial wellness of a pure artist. And almost as important, you will own a collection of great songs produced and performed by the songwriter himself -- and better than anyone else could hope to do them."