Fall For Beauty
For those who are not familiar with her music, Lynn Miles is a strong singer with an attractive voice. For her latest release she has produced a solid set of songs using a full band and a polished, at times plush, production which marks a change of direction from the sparse arrangements of her previous release, Black Flowers. Fall For Beauty gives Miles the potential to cross over and appeal to a mainstream country audience, should that be a direction she wishes to take.
Several of the songs concern overcoming adversity to come out stronger, as on “I Will”, a beautiful song showing off Miles’ singing range with some effortless high notes. Similarly “Little Bird” which focusses on overcoming addiction and fulfilling your potential: Rise up little bird and let them hear your song. Better still is “Three Chords And The Truth”, a different take on the same theme. Harlan Howard, one of the truly great Country songwriters famously used the phrase to define country music, and Miles is not the first songwriter to take it as a song title. She sings about the struggle to make your way in today’s competitive music business: I made the sacrifices and I played the games, And I believed every lie without proof. The song – which features some finely judged mandolin – is one which insinuates itself into your head after just a few listens.
Miles is not afraid to tackle big subjects in her songs. “Love Doesn’t Hurt” shows what a gift for melody she has, in a powerful song about domestic abuse, wisely set to a simple acoustic guitar arrangement. And “Something Beautiful” is that rare beast, a non-preachy song touching on concerns about global warming.
It is easy to imagine that “Save Me”, with its lyrical theme of obsession with a former lover, could be a dark tale in other hands, but still comes over somewhat clean and bright. Perhaps it's something about being a Canadian, but there's a lightness and brightness about this album, and at heart you feel Miles is ultimately an optimist. So it's no surprise that the closing track “Time To Let The Sun”, with a simply sumptuous string arrangement, is about letting the light into your life. It's quite different from what has come before, but acts as a nice finale to a very satisfyingly album.