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Black Flowers, Volume 1-2

Lynn Miles

April 11, 2010 Comments: 0

Canadian singer-songwriter Lynn Miles may have a great voice – one of her claims to fame is that she gave voice training to a young Alanis Morrisette – she may even be a great songwriter, but the songs on this double album are delivered in such a way as to make it almost impossible to decipher the words, making the whole album incredibly frustrating.

 
Miles’ voice is accompanied by either a solo acoustic guitar or piano. Sadly there is not enough quality over the two albums to have made even one decent one.
 
What makes it even more frustrating is the fact that there are hints of real quality, the title song being a prime example. The simple fact that the song is delivered with feeling makes it a cut above everything else on offer.
 
Miles’ 2003 solo album Unravel won the Juno Award for Roots & Traditional music. Her last studio album was in 2005 and it seems that this album has been released as a filler until her her next studio album is released later in the year. Anyone interested in discovering Miles would probably do better to wait for that.
 
Ian Wall

 


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