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  • Audio CD (June 12, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arts & Crafts
  • ASIN: B000FIGZ1U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #299,280 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Canadian chanteuse Amy Millan is best known for fronting the indie rock act Stars. Millan's charming girlish vocals have also appeared on albums from Sixteen Tons, Broken Social Scene, and Jason Collett. In 2006, Millan put things in her own words for her first solo album, 'Honey from the Tombs'. This songbook of romance and reflection took three years to record and features performances by Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning, Jimmy Shaw of Metric, the bluegrass band Crazy Strings, as well as contributions from her Stars bandmates Chris Seligman and Evan Cranley. This is a record that will get you through the night a lonesome and introspective set of country songs. Just grab your whiskey glass and yourself and sing along to this awesome roots record.

Honey From The Tombs may be Montreal artist Amy Millan's solo debut, but any Canadian indie rock aficionado will already have heard her voice on a number of recordings from Broken Social Scene and Stars. Knowing that, if edgy alt-rock is what you are seeking from this release, be prepared to look elsewhere; contrary to the gothic-looking cover, this is primarily a collection of bluegrass-affected music, though there are some wonderfully languid alt-country melodies to be found within these grooves.

The disc is divided into two basic sounds; the first is a straight-up yee-haw hoedown that comes too easily and leaves the memory just as quickly ("Blue in Yr Eye" "Ruby ll"). The second style, however, is where the CD truly shines; a Cat Power-meets-Mazzy-Star mash-up of tracks that are perfect to watch shooting stars by. "All The Miles" contains some stellar accompaniment to Millan's sweet voice, (largely performed by Ian Blurton of Blurtonia/Change of Heart fame) while "Wayward and Parliament" is equally breathy and beautiful. The one exception to the two-style pattern is "Headsfull," a Veruca Salt-esque number that shakes you awake, but frustratingly leaves you longing for more. All in all, an admirable first effort, but one which would raise up a notch from good to gorgeous if she followed more of her original ideas and spent less time performing predictable old-school country licks. --Denise Sheppard

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Goldtone on October 5, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I picked up the cd on a whim while buying the new Delerium cd, which is wierd because shes from Canada too. The album sits on the fence between modern day and old timey country/bluegrass and can easily be played anywhere, whether your sitting at home, drinking at a bar, or on long roadtrip. This is pretty wierd though because her vioce sounds like one more typically heard in new jazz/blues. I'd say she sounds like a combination of Hope Sandoval, Norah Jones, Dido, and Azure Ray all wrapped up into one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cloud on June 30, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I have to be completely honest in that I think Amy Millan is probably one of my favorite female songwriters right now. Writing love songs without sounding generic or formulaic and a stunningly ethereal voice, she quickly became my favorite out of the "Broken Social Scene" trio which features Emily Haines (Metric) and Leslie Feist. So with a solo outing, does she continue on a Stars-sounding route? Well no since solo projects allow you to be different than your regular band and here we get straight up folk songwriting. Amy's voice is best backed by big epic arrangements and when stripped down, things still do come through although maybe not on the level Stars fans are used to.

The album starts out with many Amy's voice and an acoustic guitar on "Losin' You" and it's appropriate for what you'll hear. It's a nice song although very short and doesn't captivate so much as it entertains. One of the best tracks on the record is next as "Skinny Boy" has Amy almost doing a breathy kind of vocal in parts. My one complaint is that it sounds too "busy" as there's lots of tiny overdubs and such and it becomes almost cluttered. Another single, "Baby I" might sound too Grand Ole Opry-esque and it would've benefited on maybe a stronger beat but it's at least quite charming and a weird little sing along.

The record isn't completely quiet as a song like "Headsfull" is quite bluesy and rocking like something that might've been done from the 70's. It may not be catchy but at least it sounds fun. The album stumbles afterwards as "Hard Hearted" is kind of slow and almost boring to listen to while I can't get images of Hee Haw-watching, slack jawed yokels whenever I hear "Blue in Yr Eye". "Come Home Loaded Roadie" is quite the oddball as its main instrumentation is organs and Amy's voice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ***Doum666*** on December 27, 2011
Format: Audio CD
If you like folk music, acoustic guitar and BOB DYLAN you should go and give this a try!!! Amy millan's Honey from the Tombs is a very powerful entry in the world of folk music; i think it will be considered as a classic in a few years. I just wish more people would hear her singing because its so beautiful its unreal!! Very sweet melodies with very nice arrangements,

Amy Millan's main band is call STARS, They have some good stuff too but i believe the main force of their band is Amy herself. She is also a very talented guitar player and that shows on the album. There is no band there or almost,.. and no electric guitar, its mostly just her and the guitar,sometimes a bit of banjo too, its very nice!!

The songs on here are very mellow and folky,sometimes a little farmy too. Its a very soothing album that is perfect for relaxing in your living room. She mostly sings about love, relationships and

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I found this cd used and it looked interesting, so I bought it, it's actually pretty darn good, some songs have a truely southern hillbilly sound to them with a smooth Norah Jones/Heather Nova voice to them, and the other songs seem a little more influenced by a past punk obssession or something.

All in all, it's a good cd to just put in the background and have it play, I liked it alot, but can't imagine it pleasing everyone..I reference Norah Jones/Heather Nova just strictly for simularity in voice tones, Amy Millan and this cd are definitely a beat of there own..
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