What do you do when you are the son of one of the greatest songwriters
and country music icons of the last century? Well, you pull up your
bootstraps and do your damnedest to make your ol' dad proud. Dean
Miller has released a record that is full of country goodness,
less influenced by the current trends toward crossover pop/country
hits and more by the true spirit of country greats like his father,
Roger Miller. I'm pretty sure his dad would be proud.
"Hard Love" starts the album in high twang style outlaw
country, yet cleaner and slicker than the outlaws ever quite attained.
The song comes closer to sounding like Waylon Jennings than
anything else has in recent memory. All the trademark sounds are there:
the washy steel and the chorus heavy lead guitar. I had to hit repeat
three times before moving on to the next track. I'm a sucker for good
songs about rain, and "Ready For The Rain" fits the bill.
It's a moody and dark track that explores loneliness and loss. "Stronger
Than Your Love" breaks loose with a sound that would appeal to
the crossover crowd, but it is a deceptively deep song filled with
emotion and great steel playing.
Dean Miller writes from personal experience, much like his father
did, and that comes through loud and clear on these songs. The heartbreak
of tracks like "Whiskey Wings" and the harsh realities of
"I've Been A Long Time Leaving" drive home the point that
this man hasn't led a sheltered life and he is more than capable of
putting to paper the thoughts and emotions that occur in his life.
But nowhere on Platinum does Miller make a stronger statement
than with his overt distaste for the current music business as evidenced
in the sarcastic and bitterly clever insider's viewpoint of "Music
If you are looking for something purely old country, than this new
record by Dean Miller isn't exactly what you seek. But if you enjoy
honest songs and brilliant production without the falsehood of most
modern pop music, then Platinum is a great train to hop and
ride into the sunset.
1. Hard Love
3. Ready For The Rain
4. Whiskey Wings
5. Stronger Than Your Love
6. I've Been A Long time Leaving
7. Coming Back To You
8. On A Good Day
9. Right Now
10. Yes Man
11. Music Executive
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