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Broken Things

Julie MillerAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 17, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • ASIN: B00000JNJD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,048 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ride The Wind To Me
2. I Know Why The River Runs
3. I Need You
4. I Still Cry
5. Out In The Rain
6. Orphan Train
7. Broken Things
8. All My Tears
9. Two Soldiers
10. Maggie
11. Strange Lover
12. The Speed Of Light

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Product Description

Julie Miller's Hightone debut, Blue Pony, was a critical success based on its winning combination of Miller's superior songwriting, plaintive vocals, and husband Buddy's rockin' production. Broken Things is, if anything, a step up, with nary a weak song in the bunch and guest appearances by Patty Griffin, Victoria Williams, Emmylou Harris, and Steve Earle. Many of its charms are encapsulated in the opener, "Ride the Wind to Me": swinging, solid grooves; twangy harmonies (courtesy of hubby); and a chorus that lifts the heart while it captures the ear. Miller's voice is a study in contrasts: an unforced "little-girl" breathiness combined with a bluesy roughness around the edges. Her obvious foundation in country and mountain music and her ability to add slight twists to her lyrics make ballads like "I Still Cry" and the title song into new classics rather than exercises in "retro." Buddy's time in Harris's Spyboy band has helped him add some of the "ambient-roots" sound of Wrecking Ball to the proceedings. It is all to the good, further enhancing an emotionally resonant record. --Michael Ross

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Earthy, Emotional, Pristine, and Raw December 1, 2001
Format:Audio CD
The only way I can think of to describe Julie Miller's voice is to tell you that, if one could eat it, it would probably taste like peanut brittle; sweet and sugary, yet with plenty of crunch. I hope that doesn't sound too silly. On each track, she sings of profoundly adult subjects with the voice of a frightened, yet determined little girl who grew up a little too quickly. It's this vulnerable little girl quality that endears her to me. She awakens the part in me that feels the need/desire to protect another.
Her melodies are among the most memorable I've ever heard. They effortlessly soar, lilt, build to a climax and soften to a timid murmur. Her emotional delivery is 100% authentic. I just can't believe that anyone could falsely manufacture a sound that raw and beautiful.
As for production, she leans toward sparce orchestrations, giving each intrument a crucial role rather than using the twinkly bits and predictible fill-ins that we've come to expect from Contemporary Country Music. That's not to say that she's a country musician. The beat patterns and the mildly distorted guitars tend more toward roots rock than toward Nashville, thank goodness. The acoustic guitar work, the acoustic guitar being the principal instrument on the verses of many of the tracks, is beautifully arranged and brilliantly complements the vocal track(s).
If you already have Lucinda Williams, Casey Chambers, Emmylou Harris, & Patty Griffin in your CD Collection, "Broken Things" is sure to be a completely safe and satisfying addition.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite CD's October 19, 1999
Format:Audio CD
This album is one of my very favorite albums, and indeed, one of my favorite albums of any genre. I'm not sure if it's better than Car Wheels, but it's at least on par.
My favorite part is Julie's voice. She has an awesome Texas accent, and her voice is innocent (I guess), but she still can sing seriously emotional and powerful songs. The vocal harmonies with Buddy are great also, and are haunting. I really, really like her voice. It is much more powerful, emotional, darker, and mystical sounding than Lucinda Williams. I cannot think of anybody in particular to compare her to -- she sounds like nobody else.
The song writing is also top-notch. A lot of the songs have really traditional foundations (such as All My Tears). It makes it have a very dark feel. It is a very dark album overall, but extremely beautiful, emotional, and insipired.
Buddy's guitar work is also top notch. The opening chords of Orphan Train and All My Tears are some of the most powerful moments on the whole disc.
I cannot recommend this album enough -- I think that it would appeal to most music lovers with an interest in Americana, rock, and/or country music. It is definitely my favorite album so far of 1999 (and I've bought a LOT of CD's this year!)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy This CD Right Now! August 20, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
I know that most reviews on this website tend toward hyperbole, but truly, this is a fantastic collection of music by an artist who deserves to be more well known.
Julie is one of those artists that radio stations and music stores don't quite know what to do with -- which is why unless you're a particular kind of music fan you've probably never heard of her. Country? Folk? Alternative Country (whatever that means)? Pop? Rock? It has elements of all of it, fused into a sensibility that is both authentic and full of passion.
That she pulls this off without sounding like a hodge-podge of disparate influences is no mean feat. I don't know of too many singers who could sing a song like "Broken Things" -- as emotionally raw a song as I've heard in years -- without coming across as cloying and hackneyed. But she does it with a style a sense of nuance and genuine feeling that almost makes me cry every time I listen to it.
This music can make you profoundly sad and profoundly happy all at the same time -- with a myriad of other feelings in between. And if that isn't enough for you, it has the Buddy Miller stamp of approval.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This ain't no broken thang! April 29, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD after reading an article about the Millers in No Depression Magazine. I'd heard the name for years, but thought she was just a bit of pop fluff. This CD showed me how wrong I was! Just plain great love the song 'Orphan Train'. The Millers move in a circle of the great artists of our time and you will see their names everywhere. Some great guest artists on this CD that other reviewers haven't mentioned -- Producer Phil Madeira on b3, NRBQ's Joey Smapinato on Bass, The Choir's Steve Hindalong. John Shreiner on keys an accordian. A duet with Victoria Williams. Not to mention, of course, Emmylou Harris and Steve Earle. This is not just a Julie Miller album! My only negative comment is that on a few songs, she sounds a bit too Leslie/Sam Phillips-ish. You would almost think she had a more powerful voice, but was holding her voice back for some unknown reason.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad cut among the bunch! July 12, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Julie Miller has actually been recording with her husband Buddy for close to 20 years. Only now is she finally receiving the credit and accolades she deserves. This is thanks in large part to the Miller's collaboration with Emmylou Harris. Julie is responsible for the beautiful song "All My Tears" featured on Emmylou's "Wrecking Ball." Julie sings it herself here, but it is only one of many amazing songs on "Broken Things."
In the past few months, Buddy and Julie have been on Austin City Limits with Emmylou, and have been featured on NPR! I'm so excited for them!
The title track of this CD is actually another reprise from many years ago, but here Julie's mature voice and Buddy's brilliant guitar work make the song really shine.
I saw Buddy and Julie in concert a few months ago and was blown away by not only their talent but by the sheer joy with which they perform this music. They were also a lot of fun to watch on stage. I commented on his "Circle of Dust" hat from the audience. They made up a song called "Circle of Dust" on the spot! And if you don't know the story behind "Strange Lover," you've got to find someone who does!
Among my favorites here are the haunting "Orphan Train" and the melodic "Ride the Wind to Me." But there are literally NO BAD CUTS on this CD.
If you love passionate female vocalists and superb country/folk instrumentation, you probably already listen to Buddy and Julie Miller. If not, you're missing something awful good!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet voice and gifted singer/songwriter
I have always loved Julie Miller. Her lyrics and ability to convey her emotions through her music has always touched me. Read more
Published 4 months ago by sheri dammarell
5.0 out of 5 stars Melody, Harmony, R&B--creative and soulful
I get a lot more out of this than most of what's on CMT. And I'm not knocking that, it's just that this is much more genuinely emotive and stands up to repeated listenings than... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mark T
5.0 out of 5 stars If this genre of music is liked . . .
If this genre of music is liked by you, it is defintely good! I give it 5 stars easily! I would reccomkmend this to many ppl.
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Broken Things Fixes the blues
If you know the history of this performer, you know she has a unique and comfortable ability to convey her style. This is some of the 'old stuff' like a worn-in pair of jeans. Read more
Published 23 months ago by jds
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical Disc
I've owned this disc since it was released and out of all the cds that I own(over 7500), I don't think that I have listenned to or enjoyed one more than this. Buy it!
Published on June 2, 2009 by Paul Levitas
5.0 out of 5 stars Check how deep the rabbit hole goes.
If you have Christian leanings, be sure to search out her earlier work starting with "Meet Julie Miller." It will be a God least it was for me. Read more
Published on August 30, 2007 by Big Sky
4.0 out of 5 stars Wanting more of Julie Miller
I loved this compilation of music by Julie Miller...she continues to weave emotions to song beautifully and has no difficulty delivering what comes from deep within. Read more
Published on September 7, 2005 by S. Chavez
5.0 out of 5 stars Good job Julie!
Julie Miller has been singing since high school, and her voice has evolved into something uniquely her own. Read more
Published on January 28, 2005 by J. Danielson
5.0 out of 5 stars FLAWLESS
I met Julie miller several years ago. She had just put out her first album. She told me in a phone coversation that she didn't drive. Read more
Published on May 24, 2004 by dan
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing broken here needs to be fixed
After listening to this album for a while, I have to wonder when Julie Miller is going to put another album out. This is some amazing stuff. Read more
Published on January 9, 2004 by Jake Z
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