Amy Millan - Masters of the Burial

Folky tales of understated grace
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The second album from sometime Stars member and Broken Social Scene contributor Amy Millan follows the charming bluegrass of her solo debut ‘Honey from the Tombs’, with more folksy tales embellished with light orchestration.

The songs themselves are sad – focusing on loss and loneliness – but the arrangements hide this away, where slide guitar and fuzzy bass pirouette cheerfully around the vocals and add an understated grace.

‘Bury This’ alludes to Millan’s side projects, but its where her brittle delivery soars that she is at her most endearing, almost cracking entirely on the high notes of ‘Towers’ before light acoustic guitar pieces her thoughts back together.

7/10

Words by Kingsley Marshall

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