Upside Downside

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Scott Miller's solo debut, Thus Always to Tyrants, was an ambitious, stylistically diverse set that fully lived up to the promise of his earlier work with the V-Roys, running from pop to hard rock to bluegrass and sounding fiery and convincing at all turns. However, for his second album Miller opted for something a bit less grand, and while he often sounds a lot more relaxed on Upside Downside so named because it was sequenced to have a rock side and an acoustic side, he also offers up a few throwaways, which wasn't the case on his first outing. "It Didn't Take Too Long" and "Pull Your Load" are wiry rockers that could have been written during a lunch break, and while ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Scott Miller's solo debut, Thus Always to Tyrants, was an ambitious, stylistically diverse set that fully lived up to the promise of his earlier work with the V-Roys, running from pop to hard rock to bluegrass and sounding fiery and convincing at all turns. However, for his second album Miller opted for something a bit less grand, and while he often sounds a lot more relaxed on Upside Downside so named because it was sequenced to have a rock side and an acoustic side, he also offers up a few throwaways, which wasn't the case on his first outing. "It Didn't Take Too Long" and "Pull Your Load" are wiry rockers that could have been written during a lunch break, and while they're both fun, they don't hold a candle to Thus Always to Tyrants' high points like "Yes I Won't" and "Mess of This Town," while "Chill, Relax, Now" is an almost instrumental that doesn't serve much of a purpose other than taking up space. But if Miller the rocker isn't especially well served on Upside Downside, Miller the singer/songwriter is in fine form, especially on the romantic "Angels Dwell" with guest vocals from Patty Griffin, the modern-day train song "Amtrak Crescent," and "Red Ball Express," an evocative tale of life on the front lines during World War II. While "Raised By the Graves" and "Second Chance" prove Miller still has some great rock songs up his sleeve, Upside Downside's second half thoroughly outclasses the first half. Advice to Scott: Next time out, do a little more woodshedding with that electric guitar, fellah.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/2003
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • UPC: 015891107424
  • Catalog Number: 1074
  • Sales rank: 113,566

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 It Didn't Take Too Long - Scott Miller & The Commwealth (2:20)
  2. 2 Raised By The Graves - Scott Miller & The Commwealth (2:54)
  3. 3 The Way - Scott Miller & The Commwealth (3:46)
  4. 4 Pull Your Load - Scott Miller & The Commwealth (2:03)
  5. 5 Second Chance - Scott Miller & The Commwealth (2:30)
  6. 6 Chill, Relax, Now - Scott Miller & The Commwealth (2:52)
  7. 7 Amtrak Crescent - Scott Miller & The Commwealth (4:41)
  8. 8 Angels Dwell - Scott Miller & The Commwealth (2:58)
  9. 9 Ciderville Saturday Night - Scott Miller & The Commwealth (2:14)
  10. 10 I've Got A Plan - Scott Miller & The Commwealth (4:24)
  11. 11 Red Ball Express - Scott Miller & The Commwealth (3:06)
  12. 12 For Jack Tymon - Scott Miller & The Commwealth (2:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Scott Miller & the Commonwealth Primary Artist
Scott Miller Indexed Contributor, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Harmonica, Electric Guitar, Vocals, 12-string Guitar
Shaun McWilliams Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Tim O'Brien Mandolin
Eric Fritsch Percussion, Piano, Accordion, Hammond Organ, Vocals, Clavinet, Hand Clapping, Slide Guitar
Richard McLaurin Vocals, Hand Clapping, Lap Steel Guitar
Park Chisolm Bass, Percussion, Vocals, Hand Clapping
Rob McNelley Electric Guitar
Patty Griffith Vocals
Commonwealth Track Performer
Technical Credits
Scott Miller Audio Production
Eric Fritsch Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Richard McLaurin Engineer
Scott Miller Producer
Adam Badnarik Engineer
Alex McCollough Engineer
Sue Stillwagon Executive Producer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    See This Band Live

    I followed Scott Miller from the V-Roys days (around 1997). They play around here (Newport, KY) once or twice a year, and it's always a great time. Scott and his band's music is so enjoyable whether you're driving around in your car or at their show. They may not have a major label behind them or be on the national scene, but for quality and heart I rate them on a level equal to any big name in the genre who is without a doubt. On this album the contrast between rocking and softer songs works great. Check out "Amtrack Crescent" and "Angels Dwell." This is music you can listen to over and over again and again. And see them live if you ever get the chance. And buy the CDs so they can keep making great music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Incredible Country Rock CD

    I loved this CD. It's absolutely fantastic. Except for song #10, which I find a little slow, they songs are great and I can listen to it over and over.

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