Tim Miller - Adelaide
Strength: Analog Tape
Recording gives this CD a warm, smooth musical texture. Ecellent!
Guitarist, singer songwriter Tim Miller releases Adelaide, his second CD release in May 2008. Tim Miller hails from Dallas Texas. You may recall Tim back in 2004 with his first critically acclaimed release: Out of the Box. Music from Out of the Box was subsequently synched into MTV shows like My Super Sweet 16, Real World, and The Challenge. Now it’s 2009, and Tim is back with fresh new catalogue of music that is sincere, honest and an absolute joy to listen to.
Logging in at just over 57 minutes, I have to say song for song Adelaide possesses no weaknesses. If you can imagine the Counting Crows except replacing singer Adam Duritz with Daughtry – that’s pretty much what this reminds me of. Tim’s soothing voice goes down smooth and is remarkably easy to listen to - reminiscent of Daughtry, Josh Gracin with just a dash of Bruce Springsteen. The CD gets off the ground quickly with “Say Hello” and “Let’s Go” 2 strong, positive upbeat melodies that really kick things off into high gear. One of my favorite songs on the CD is track 3: “Make Believe”, an amazing piece that has a bridge worthy of mentioning - “Baby you are the greatest thing I have never known.” – nice touch Tim. The CD downshifts with Track 4: “Who am I” a stunning piece that is painfully honest and probably the most powerful statement on the CD. So powerful in fact it is on the CD twice, again as a hidden track at the end of the CD. The thing I like most about Adelaide is the wide range emotional depth you will find within each song. You’ll find upbeat songs about love and happiness; like “Another Day in the Life” and “Four Leaf Clover”, but you’ll also find melancholy melodies that give a grim assessment of the truth. All these songs are sung from an even keeled perspective that is painfully honest, sincere, and very straightforward. Songs like “The Point”, deal with alcoholism, while the title track deals with the disappointment of seeing someone turn out the way you didn’t want them to. This CD does not attempt to hide the truth in any way, shape, or form, rather it tells it with bold honesty and a genuine conviction. Adelaide also possess lot of musical depth as well. From mandolins, piano, pedal steel, cello, percussion and of course Tim’s flowing acoustical guitar rhythms – all presenting a lot of musical variety for the listener. Tim Miller has done an amazing job carving out a unique niche for himself within his amazing songwriting craft and sincere honesty. I also applaud Tim taking the risk in recording Adelaide on Analog Tape. Though it’s not the most cutting edge method out there these day, there is no denying it’s amazing warmth and true sonic feel.
As mentioned earlier Adelaide has no weaknesses that I can hear. The music itself has a lot of depth and raw honesty to it. The songs are extremely well crafted and consistent. Tim Miller’s voice simply tells nothing but the truth – the good, bad and the ugly. If you like music that is honest, genuine and straightforward then you should definitely become familiar with Tim Miller as an artist. You’ll be glad you did. If I could say anything to Tim Miller it would be - don’t be afraid to take a few risks here and there, especially at the end of some of your songs where an strong emotional finale presents itself. Some song like “Adelaide” and “Make Believe” presented an amazing opportunity for you to really seal the deal and drive home the passion of the song vocally. When done right it will no doubt transform a good song into a great one. Just listen to the ending of “Don’t think I Don’t Think About It” by Daruis Rucker and you will see exactly what I am talking about TIm
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