Silver Line

Silver Line

by Chris Mills
     
 
Chris Mills is a talented singer/songwriter who specializes in heartache with occasional undercurrents of bitterness and self-pity. Unfortunately, he has a tendency to sound somewhat generic, a limitation that is particularly evident on "Sleepwalking," which seems so much like the work of a run-of-the-mill (no pun intended) bar band that it's easy to overlook the less

Overview

Chris Mills is a talented singer/songwriter who specializes in heartache with occasional undercurrents of bitterness and self-pity. Unfortunately, he has a tendency to sound somewhat generic, a limitation that is particularly evident on "Sleepwalking," which seems so much like the work of a run-of-the-mill (no pun intended) bar band that it's easy to overlook the less-routine lyrics. On some of the other tracks, David Nagler and Eric Roth contribute tasteful string and horn arrangements that don't necessarily enhance the individual songs; for example, "Don't Be Crushed" loses some of its emotional impact because of the saccharine string accompaniment. Mills has mastered an earnest, melancholy vocal style, but he has a tendency to stick with this approach even when a greater sense of anger or sarcasm would seem better-suited to his own lyrics; he even manages to sing the opening of "Diamond" ("I heard you're a drunk/And you never shut up/The word on the street/Is that your sweet ass/Is totally f*cked") as if he was wistfully describing another rainy day. Nonetheless, the songs themselves are fairly solid and hold up well to repeated listening, even if the performances don't always make the most of their potential.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/15/2002
Label:
Powerless Pop
UPC:
0789397710326
catalogNumber:
1
Rank:
194345

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chris Mills   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Fred Lonberg-Holm   Cello
Jeb Bishop   Trombone
Ryan Hembrey   Bass,Piano,Background Vocals,Various,Shaker,fender rhodes
Gerald Dowd   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Nate Lepine   Tenor Saxophone
Nate Wolcott   Trumpet
David Nagler   Piano
Chris Mills   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Brian Deck   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Sam Prekop   Drawing
Colonel   Engineer
Chris Mills   Producer
Ryan Hembrey   Producer
Laurent Bichara   Engineer
Colin Studybaker   Engineer

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