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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 12, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Philo / Umgd
  • ASIN: B00000HXDZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,966 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In a stream of pure lyrical and vocal heat, folk music's recent past and likely future flow from Lynn Miles's second Philo release. "I could go anywhere / My soul is on fire / And a wind is blowing through my heart"--so begins this cycle of fully haunted visions. Those who know Miles will marvel at Larry Klein's percussion-rich production (reminiscent of his best work with Joni Mitchell) as well as the density of Miles's ever-maturing songcraft. Her language has become deeply personal without sliding into confessional excess. "This is a song about the way life is / The way it rises and it falls / The way that mysteries move faster in the night / The way that secrets live in walls," she sings in what should be the album's single, "The One You're Waiting For." For those who've found kindred spirits in Mary Black, Holly Cole, and Shawn Colvin and yet desire a further, fresh imagination, Miles may be the one you're looking for. --Roy Kasten

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Startling insights about bad choices and desperate needs in songs like "Wrong" and "Rust" make [Lynn Miles] a captivating performer. -- USA Today

Customer Reviews

I really enjoy listening to her music, just happen to hear one of her songs.
Gregory G. Wyndham
I actually like some of the production better on "Slightly Haunted" but it doesn't have the great songs this one does.
Mark Nicholson
Lynn's songwriting is spectacular, and her voice is unique, beautiful and a little quirky.
Joni W.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 1, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I've had this album for awhile now, and it just keeps getting better. Every time I listen, I have a new favorite song. Lynn Miles has a wonderful gift for emotive lyricism, running the gamut from lovestruck to melancholy to bitter, and always cuts straight to the soul. "Rust", in particular, may be the most beautiful and brazenly honest love song ever written. The instrumentation is rich and varied without burying her vocals. Thae fact that this album has not received more of an audience is a shame; anyone who is a fan of modern folk/americana would do well to add this to their collection
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 14, 1999
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I loved "Slightly Haunted," a wonderful album that got lost in a great year for female singer/songwriters. I wouldn't characterize it as a better album than "A Few Small Repairs," "This Fire," or "Living with Ghosts," but I have probably listened to it more. I love her voice -- warm, plangent, and somewhat edgy in a very human way, and she has a gift for catchy, memorable melodies. Miles is a performer whose weaknesses -- occasional rough bendings of her voice over the melodic turns and an apparent inability to distinguish grimace-producing cliches from real lyrical insights -- are almost as endearing as her gifts. That said, this album is less satisfying than "Slightly Haunted." Larry Klein's glitzy, high-powered production tends to call attention to Miles's missteps rather than glossing them over, and her songwriting this time out doesn't quite measure up to the quality of "SH." "This is a song about the way life is" may be the worst opening line of any song I've heard this year. But the lovely voice and melodic gift are still there. And Miles saves the best for last: "Rust," with just that voice, her simple piano, and her deeply felt, exquisitely chosen words, is damn near perfect. Lynn, sometimes less is more.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Hill on May 25, 2000
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I saw Lynn open for I think Luka Bloom earlier this year at The Barns at Wolf Trap. She is great live so go see her. I originally bought the CD (at the show) to share with my brother who so often turns me on to new singer/songwriters he's discovered. But it's so great I can't part with it, so am buying one for him plus several more as other gifts. Actually, I can't stop listening to it! I wholehearterdly agree with comments of all the other reviews posted so far. A must have for anyone who's into Lucy K., John Gorka, Richard Shindell, Kim Richey, etc etc.!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 27, 1999
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Bought this CD on a whim and was not disappointed! Every song is amazing. Usually I'm critical of singer/songwriters, but I can find nothing negative here. Excellent music, voice, lyrics, etc. Her voice is reminiscent of Jann Arden. Everyone who hears it loves it as well! A must have!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mark munger on January 2, 2003
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I stumbled into Lynn Miles by accident. My kids were driving me nuts so I took a "time out" and went to a local coffee house for a break from family life. Lynn was the musician on stage and her vocals and guitar playing blew me away. I'd never heard of her but have now purchased all three of her more recent albums. "Night" is supposed to be the weakest of the three. Frankly, I couldn't tell and the stuff on the disk is so much better than most of the [stuff] on the radio, it really doesn't matter how it stacks up against her other work. But, even upon comparison, it's a great record.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By cdset on December 22, 2001
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Unlike Miles' extraordinary "Slightly Haunted" that immediately grabs your attention and heart, "Night In A Strange Town" works its hypnotic magic more slowly and deliberately. Its effect on the listener is more profound, more powerful than her previous outing, but the songs require many listenings to truly grasp their ultimate rewards.
The music is deceptively mellow and belie the pain, yearning and irony of the lyrics. Miles yearns for perfection but is resigned to the imperfection of life and love. "I've been hurting so long for the perfect romance but I could not taste the honey for the bees...sometimes it's ok to be brought to your knees," she movingly emotes in "Perfect Romance" The bitter irony in her songs is perfectly represented in the song "Wrong": "Love is not bitter, love is not cold, love is not a weapon." but "love gave you sad answers and a hurt that won't heal..."
Miles has fashioned a moving, perceptive triumph- a collection of songs that slowly creeps up on you and never lets you go. It is, unquestionably, a singer/songwriter tour de force.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joni W. on November 9, 2006
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I read some less than enthusiastic reviews of this recording before I bought it, mostly based on Larry Klein's production being "too slick" or percussion heavy. I completely disagree with those reviews. I think the production on this CD is complex and interesting, and definitely gives Lynn her own distinctive sound. Especially following "Slightly Haunted", which is much more folky and sounds a lot like early Joni Mitchell in places, this cd has a clear, contemporary, but not slick sound. Lynn's songwriting is spectacular, and her voice is unique, beautiful and a little quirky. This has become one of my favorites.
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