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  • Audio CD (January 8, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Aml Records
  • ASIN: B000FA583Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,211 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 18 Wheels
2. Kansas
3. Summer Is Over
4. Thinkin' 'Bout Her
5. Rocky
6. Milly's Cafe
7. Tired
8. Mrs. Hank Williams
9. Sign On The Wall
10. The Rains
11. Bonus Track 1

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Milly's Cafe is Fred Eaglesmith's 16th release. It's raw, bare-boned and totally Fred. As his career has progressed, Fred's mercurial songwriting has defied description but has been pegged as bluegrass, folk, country and even rock n' roll. His rootsy songs reflect and comment on life and how we live it. With his new album, Eaglesmith's smoky voice delivers songs that expose everything from the hard knock life of truckers ('18 Wheels'), thieves and cowboys, ('Milly's Cafe', 'Rocky') to the soft twilight beauty of the prairies ('Kansas'). Eaglesmith's lyrics turn the lives of everyday people into poem and song. From his beginnings with self-titled debut album Fred J. Eaglesmith to the present, Eaglesmith's lyric-driven songs have enticed audiences across the country.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Dustin Georgemiller on May 18, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I'm fresh from a live Fred Eaglesmith concert in Goshen, IN and was lucky enough to snag a copy of Fred's newest album, "Milly's Cafe," which was released less than a week ago. Fred has always been sort of a musical enigma - he's a Canadian "liberal who hates liberals," a singer-songwriter who sings songs about trucks, cowboys, liquor, and guns better than people who truly hail from Texarcana. Musically, he's always followed his muse: his albums have varied from alt-country to pure country, bluegrass to billhilly, acoustic folk to folk rock. His sound, and his band, can vary from one album to the next, and that's okay from his small but devoted fanbase, known affectionately as "Fredheads."

"Milly's Cafe" is in this case vintage Fred, relying on long-time collaborator and friend Willie P. Bennett, the one constant from Fred's early days with the Flying Squirrels. Here, the sound is pure alt-country, relying on a small ensemble of electric and acoustic instruments and especially Bennett's electric mandolin and harmonica. The overall feel is mellower than the hard-rocking "50-Odd Dollars"; Fred's songwriting more often than not emotes elements of hardship, loss, and aging. "Rocky" takes the form of a letter from one aging cowboy to another dying of cancer in Albuquerque. It's companion song, "Tired", is another wonderful minor key cowboy ballad, while the title cut tells the story of failed diner-owners-turned-outlaws. "18 Wheels" should go down as one of Fred's best trucking songs to date.

Fans of "Balin'" may be disappointed with the lack of banjo, but Fred fans who have heard the gamut of his works should rejoice: "Milly's Cafe" will not disappoint, and this could be his best release since 1998's "drive-in movie."
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ian Williamson on June 1, 2006
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I have to confess to being a huge fan of the man's work however this is an outstanding record and a very rare thing an Album without a bad track. If you listen to nothing else check out Rocky it will make you cry, the vision of an old man in a home just waitin to die, so sad but brilliant Fred I aggree with the previous reviewer his best Album since "Drive In Movie"
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lee Armstrong HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 17, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Fred's new set is a slow reflective collection of tunes that delve deep into loneliness. The opener "18 Wheels" sounds big with Fred's deliberate guitar churning like wheels on the road, "Up against the wall, 56 tons, grain alcohol, Danger pay, I'm trying to be strong but my will is gone." In "18 Wheels" he mentions Sioux City, Iowa, but in track 2 he turns south to "Kansas" in another stark lonely ballad, "That's where I fall apart, That's where my broken heart catches up with the news." On "Summer is Over," he continues his brokenhearted lament which slides easily into "Thinking 'bout Her" with its eerie melody aching chronic desire. After 4 heartbreakers, the middle of the set moves into story songs. "Rocky," the title track about a closed diner, "Tired" about finding the body of Ray McGuire, and "Mrs. Hank Williams" all have characters that focus on memory & lament. Of the last two songs, "Sign on the Wall" is a ballad about a small town where nothing much happens, "We thought we bought the American dream; we were just a sign on the wall." "The Rains" ends the set with some amazing images about guys who pour gasoline on Main Street & set it on fire, "Some say it's a tragedy, some say it's a shame; some say it's the water that we never got to drink; Some blame Jesus; Some blame rock n' roll; I think we were just trying to gain a little bit of control." It's an excellent close to this stark & lonesome set, as if these powerful emotions of sadness, loss and regret are so strong that they simply must be set aflame. Eaglesmith's tunes feel homespun & ragged. While not upbeat, this is powerful music. Enjoy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. H. Rock on November 18, 2006
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old and smoky,sweet and tangy;like the best bbq and bourbon whiskey ;millies cafe,the newest fred eagleton release is a primary pleasure.i have only just heard him and could notbe happier with both his incisive lyrics and his classic country melodies.every song is good and several are gems.for all you john prine and townes van zandt fans,get this record now,you will not be sorry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Allister D. Macdonald on April 25, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Fred's cool. His songs are hurtin' cowboy country songs and they're fantastic for driving or easy listening. Guitar players, songwriters and singers, as well as just fans of cowboy country will love this guy. He's Canadian!
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