Miller-Kelton: Goodbye Cindy

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Artist: Miller-Kelton

Artist: Miller-Kelton
Title: Goodbye Cindy

Reviews for Goodbye Cindy: From 'The Voice Magazine' I'm a diehard old folkie. For various intervals in my life it was the only music to which I'd listen. At the same time I'm now so jaded by folk rock-and not always because most of what I hear sounds so contrived-that it's really hard for musicians playing in this genre to grab my attention. I still write about folk rock occasionally for a couple of reasons, the main one being that good stuff is still, occasionally, being recorded. Remember those old songs that you used to play to death? The tracks that got you through depressions, breakups, the terrible angst-filled loneliness of youth, the music that was just as much yours in the city or the country? Is it possible to create songs with built-in nostalgia? Is it possible to pen a brand new tune and lyrics that immediately bring to mind the clouds and tall grasses of childhood, the tortured self-absorption of adolescence? Yes. And here it is. The poignant but relevant lyrics, tight harmonies, wonderfully jangly stings, and brilliant teamwork of Miller-Kelton, a post-Bush alt-folk/country band from Columbus, Ohio, are reminiscent of that folk trio/duo era I'm always harping on about (see Human Statues, Tab, and JD Miner) and will continue to harp on about as long as I have enough self-possession to indulge my whims. Julia O'Keefe's voice is as smooth, powerful, and heartfelt as that of mountain singers I heard at camp meetings years ago-pitch-perfect, resonant, and ripe with holy zeal. Her phrasing is thoughtful and her annunciation is a great vehicle for these lyrics. Her singing has that quality that the Mindful Bard admires more than almost any other in a vocalist: sincerity. She means what she sings and she sings what she means. I am also put in mind of the odd groups that have brightened my days through the years even though not necessarily falling into the "great albums of all time" category or even any conventional musical movement: Poi Dog Pondering, The Incredible String Band, and one album, Ram, by Paul and Linda McCartney are all prime examples. Like these, Goodbye Cindy just makes it seem like the band was having an incredibly good time, and that's infectious. My favourites are "Summerflies," "Glad to See You're Pushing Me Again," and of course the title track, but they're pretty much all good. -- Wanda Waterman St. Louis From 'The Other Paper' LOCAL ROUNDUP: Miller-Kelton -- Fuzzy surface belies CD's depth Due either to it's proximity to Appalachia or to the number of college towns within driving distance, Columbus has never lacked for traditional country and folk acts. The latest to politely mosey up to the stage is Miller-Kelton, which released it's CD, Goodbye Cindy, on New Year's Eve. Like many snobby critics, I don't have a lot of time for folk music, but a couple of spins of this record make the argument for keeping the disc close by. The band plays a pleasant blend of banjo-led Americana wrapped around the honey-sweet vocals of Julia O'Keefe. It's a sound we're all familiar with, one that would fit in just as naturally at Borders as it would at Victorian's Midnight Café. For the most part, it reminded me of the overly pleasant, warm and fuzzy songs you're likely to hear on Nick Jr. Keep your ears peeled, however, and you'll realize the band uses that sort of inoffensive musical language to convey much more mature lyrical themes. There is a veritable one-act play of pathos and interpersonal drama underneath the album's surface. Let's hope this thoughtful work is a harbinger of a musically interesting 2010. -- Rick Allen From 'Country Music Jukebox' Die charismatische Sängerin Julia O'Keefe ist der Dreh- und Angelpunkt der vor gut zwei Jahren gegründeten Band aus Columbus, Ohio. Ganz vorne mit dabei sind die fünf Musiker von MILLER-KELTON in Sachen Folk-Rock/Americana. Sie verbinden auf ihrem Albumdebüt Goodbye Cindy abseits jeglicher Stereotypen authentische Klänge und balladeske Tradition der Appalachen mit inspiriertem, aktuellem Songwriting, großartigem mehrstimmigen Gesang und furiosen Slide Guitar- und Banjo-Grooves. Eine echt hörenswerte musikalische Frischzellenkur. -- Max Achatz From Pleasant folk-rock with pleasing vocals, banjo, mandolin, percussion, guitar and more. The female vocals are wistful, like Jill Sobule or a less jazzy Norah Jones. The male vocals have a friendly singer-songwriter vibe - the kind of guy you'd like to sit down with in a coffee shop. 'Throws Like A Girl' is definitely the stand-out cut, with quirky lyrics like 'Wondering why my neighbor's such a fascist and I still throw like a girl.' He never answers that question but you'll be singing along anyway. The banjo is great and I love the harmonica 'cause it gives it all a more rootsy feel. -- Jamie Anderson From Singing Moon Records This might be the album where Miller-Kelton lost it's sense of humor. Only the final track, 'The Boy is Gone,' has any of the tongue-in-cheek delivery of the preceding Cowboys and Trains EP. Replacing it are songs of frustration, bewilderment and seemingly inevitable loss. The beautiful fiddle playing of Ian Jones adds to the somber mood of tracks like 'Goodbye Cindy Too' and the surprisingly poppy (and heartbreaking) 'Summerflies.' These are countered by the country fueled exuberance of tracks like 'Summer Rolls' and 'Throws Like a Girl,' although the exuberance is perhaps a bit sardonic (from Rolls: Jesus didn't help us -- I don't even think he tried -- I am barely conscious -- and very much alive). 'Throws Like a Girl,' incidentally, does not appear to be about gender issues and instead is an oddly life-affirming a saga of cross-country travel, unexpected rejection and sour grapes. Speaking of gender, the boys have conceded the majority of the lead vocals to Julia O'Keefe, whose beautiful voice slips effortlessly from country to rock and at times even touches jazz on the lyrical puzzles 'The Leatherman' and 'A Couple More.' The two real stand-out tracks are 'A Man WIthout a County, ' a vaguely sympathetic send up of Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman, and the anthemic 'Glad To See You're Pushing Me Again.' Anthemic in a musical sense, that is, as the lyrics hint only at mixed feelings and resignation. But that's how it goes with Miller-Kelton these days, and it's worth going with them -- Mike Saulson.

1.1 A Man Without a Country
1.2 Throws Like a Girl
1.3 Summerflies
1.4 American Boys
1.5 Glad to See You're Pushing Me Again
1.6 Back at the Seaside
1.7 Allison Parker
1.8 A Couple More
1.9 Goodbye Cindy Too
1.10 The Girl Who Ruined Sunday
1.11 The Leatherman
1.12 Summer Rolls
1.13 The Boy Is Gone

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