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Cruel Moon

Buddy MillerAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Pop stardom has, for many years, attuned listeners to the arrival of shining new faces filled with vital new ideas, to which attention must be paid. Instantly. Briefly, for the most part. It says here that there is another path, at least if what one cares about is music, and not celebrity. The steady lines in Buddy Miller’s face, the passions which abide within his voice, and the ... Read more in Amazon's Buddy Miller Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 19, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • ASIN: B00001WRL3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,577 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Does My Ring Burn Your Finger
2. Love Match - Buddy Miller
3. I'm Gonna Be Strong
4. Looking for a Heartache Like You
5. Cruel Moon
6. Somewhere Trouble Don't Go
7. In Memory Of My Heart
8. Sometimes I Cry
9. Too Used To Loving You
10. I'm Not Getting Any Better at Goodbye
11. It's Been A Change

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Product Description

Like a finely tuned engine, Buddy Miller's third HighTone album has no superfluous parts, no fuel that isn't transformed in the hottest combustion. Its power is inseparable from its economy. Drawing a straight line between blues, country, and rock & roll, Miller gets a thick, gigantic sound out of just guitar, bass, and drums; when he expands his tight arrangements, he relies judiciously on Al Perkins's steel guitar, Tammy Rogers's fiddle, and harmony from wife Julie Miller, Steve Earle, and Emmylou Harris. Every big backbeat, every twangy note illuminates these stinging country songs (some cowritten with Julie and Jim Lauderdale, some borrowed from Earle or Pops Staples) of haunted hearts, memories that won't die, and love so strong it can kill you. If you're new to Miller, think of a country Richard Thompson: an eccentric but classic-sounding guitarist; a feverish, instinctive singer; a roots-music seeker; and one of the most driven and versatile artists working in 1999. --Roy Kasten

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as it gets January 5, 2000
Format:Audio CD
After listening to music--pop, rock, country, jazz, just about about everything for 25 years--I would have thought that no one this good could just sneak up on me. I heard Buddy Miller for the first time when he was playing with Emmylou Harris during the Wreaking Ball tour. During the concert, all I could think was: Who is that guy on guitar? He had the chops, he had the voice, and it was obvious he was a person who lived for his music.
Since then I've gotten both Poison Love and this absolutely fantastic album. How good is it? Its as good as it gets. Every song is treat, the playing is more than first-rate, and the singing, is tight, emotional and perfect for each song.
Buddy Miller (along with his wife Julie) is one of music's true gems. He doesn't fit into any one catagory, he just makes great albums If you haven't heard anything by him yet, this album is a great place to start. Actually any album of his or Julie's will do the trick. Heck, while you're at it, check out any album he plays on. If he's on it, its gotta be good.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buddy gets better and better October 19, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Buddy Miller's latest disc, "Cruel Moon" is even better than his excellent "Poison Love". Once again he is assisted by fellow songwriters Jim Lauderdale and his wife Julie. He starts off with a raging country-rocker "Does My Ring Burn Your Finger", in which he peels off some stinging guitar leads. Over the course of the disc, Buddy moves from pure traditionalist country, to Memphis soul, to achingly beautiful ballads. The closing tune is a Pops Staples song done in a swampy, John Fogerty style. This disc, coupled with wife Julie's "Broken Things" released a couple of months ago, proves that the Miller family are making the most exciting music in Nashville right now. An excellent, excellent album.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Surprise January 11, 2000
Format:Audio CD
The other night, I heard a cut from this album, "Sometimes I Cry" on the radio. It struck me as one of the best crafted tunes that I have heard in a VERY long time. Simple, but elegant. The musicianship and instrumentation, the restained energy and the vocals all came together. Now that I have bought the CD, I am totally satisfied. This is a wonderful discovery for me and I hope you find it equally as exciting.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars an americana gem May 15, 2000
Format:Audio CD
buddy miller works in the fringes of nashville, melding roots, rock, and country into one happy amalgam. his appearance on the last couple of emmylou harris albums does not seem at all surprising-- both share an iconoclastic approach to nashville's commercialism, sticking to music they want to play rather than what might sell a million records. that said, don't think this album is just preachy, far from it. instead, from the opening "does my ring burn your finger" to the closing pop staples' tune "it's been a change," this album takes you right down a mythical highway from austin, tx to johnson city, tn. it reminds you that the heart of country music was also its soul: giving voice to the trials and heartaches of living among, with, and for other people, especially those you love. the real highlights are the songs co-written with (or simply by) buddy's wife, julie, with "cruel moon," "somewhere trouble don't go," and sometimes i cry" standing out. even if you don't like country music, this album will grab you. get it and have fun.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars artist of the 90s November 29, 1999
Format:Audio CD
What is the definition of a great album? One that in 5/10/15 years you will still be playing and enjoying. Buddy Miller's "Cruel Moon" is one of these albums. With outstanding support from wife Julie, Buddy delivers the goods. This album contains some wonderful moments of poignancy and emotion that are testament to Buddy's songwriting, voice, guitar playing and interpretation of others works.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cruel Moon September 29, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Buddy Miller is one of those musicians whose fated to always be better regarded by critics and fans than by radio programmers and the record buying public. Every couple of years he comes out with an outstanding "do-it-yourself" kind of record, on which his credits include singer, guitarist, songwriter, engineer, and producer. "Cruel Moon," perhaps his best to date, is the another fruit of his successful partnership with wife Julie Miller (herself an acclaimed but commercially unsuccessful out-of-the-Nashville mainstream artist). "Does My Ring Burn Your Finger" is an instant classic that's reminiscent of Hank Williams' finest songs (Williams' grandson. Hank III recorded a couple of Miller-penned songs on his debut album). You'll also hear the influences of Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, and Jim Lauderdale--each of who appear and/or wrote songs--on this record. The songwriting, focused on solid, not-for-country-radio ballads, reminds you of Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - Best Yet for Buddy October 29, 1999
Format:Audio CD
My wife and I heard Buddy and Julie Miller as the warm-up group for Cry, Cry, Cry and they stole the show! Buddy's latest is his best and the lyrics just get better and better. With Julie's most recent Broken Things CD, they are on the cutting edge of Nashville today. Buddy and Julie, please convince your record label to let you tour in this part of the country and you will see the people who truly support this type of heart-provoking & at times just down right "fun" music to hum along too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Guitars and Harmonies
"Love Match" is as good a hit single as anything you'll see on CTM, in fact I'm surprised somebody big hasn't covered it. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mark T
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Songwriting
Buddy and wife Julie both have become constants in my cd player. This particular cd is one of my absolute favorites. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Otis Money
5.0 out of 5 stars buddys the man.
saw emmy lou harris at the paramount theater in bristol tn around 1998. buddy was her stringed instrument player. blew me away. Read more
Published on October 23, 2012 by bigjim
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous, killer roots music
I can't believe I only just learned of Buddy Miller. I saw him play with Robert Plant and Alison Krauss and was blown away. Read more
Published on May 9, 2008 by jflem
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 stars.
the goodwill would make a nice new home for your toby keith, vince gill, and garth brooks cds. you deserve something better. buddy miller comes quickly to mind. Read more
Published on March 25, 2007 by fluffy, the human being.
5.0 out of 5 stars Kicking myself for not finding this one sooner...
Thank God for 92.1 FM in New Braunfels, Tx. My business trips to San Antonio have turned me onto more good music in the past year than I've found in the past ten! Read more
Published on June 20, 2003 by Frank Garon
4.0 out of 5 stars Great...I want the rest of the albums...
I saw Buddy and Julie perform last weekend, and it was a great show, with Buddy barely taking a breather. Read more
Published on October 1, 2002 by Geoffrey P. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars This guys a back up band ?
I first saw Buddy Miller live when I went to see Emmy Lou Haaris. He is the lead guitarist for her band - Spy Boy. But he was the opening act too - and he blew me away. Read more
Published on July 26, 2002 by Edward W. Machir
5.0 out of 5 stars It's "all time, all genre, all everything"
How good is this CD? It's so good that I'm almost afraid to write about it because my puny effort won't do it justice!
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Published on November 2, 2001 by fEARLess
5.0 out of 5 stars God Bless Americana
The dreck that passes for country on the radio these days...
Buddy Miller and his wife Julie compose and play beautiful, heartfelt music. Read more
Published on September 18, 2001 by PatrickB
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