One of Canada's very finest singers and songwriters! Her previous CDs have drawn universal acclaim achieving near-cult status, but this stunning new CD, her fifth album and the follow-up to her 2003 Juno Award-winning "Unravel," is being called her finest, most realized recording ever. With its rich blend of pop, country and folk sounds, great melodies and production, and intelligent yet accessible lyrics, it is at once intensely introspective and universal, a soaring vehicle for Miles' sweet, melodic and powerful voice.
"Love Sweet Love" again finds Miles teaming up with "Unravel" producer and guitarist Ian Lefeuvre and drummer Peter Von Althen, both of Starling, and Chelsea Bridge double-bassist John Geggie to create a record of complex, visceral material. Rounding out the sound are Prairie Oyster guitarist Keith Glass and violinist James Stephens.
Canadian folkie Lynn Miles has always brought new luminescence to the most familiar topics, and so she does again with an album that maps the thrilling hills, scary back roads, hairpin curves, desolate valleys, and all-flat terrain of love. Picking up where her last record, the Juno Award-winning Unravel
, left off, she writes in the lyrical poetry of the wounded ("I've got no strength to move, to breathe, to cry, to scream, to stand and fight"), and moves through the various stages of love, from seduction to paralyzing grief. Miles works in a rootsy style (think Shawn Colvin via Lucinda Williams, especially on the banjo-driven and country-ish "8-Hour Drive"), but she lingers long in the dark reality of the dissolution of romance, most effectively in the elegant pop of "Night Drive," where she attempts to outrun her own racing thoughts. Miles stops on her journey to ponder the complex and mysterious machinations of love's primary organ (the hauntingly melancholy "Sweet and Tender Heart"), and as the most doomed lovers do, finds a hopeful tone and redemption in her pain. Her sadness is our salvation. --Alanna Nash