For some strange reason, listening to Tim Miller brings to
mind the oddball mixed genre of acoustic folk and grunge. This is
because Miller sings with the intensity of an Eighties Seattle-ian,
yet he couches his lyrical sentiments in plenty of unplugged instrumentation
- especially acoustic guitar.
Miller may not be letting out guttural vocalisms, in the same manner
Soundgarden used to do, but he's certainly no less angst-filled.
On "Caught" he sings, "The lies you fed me/I'm choking
on them now." Then on "Sane," he states with amazement,
"Somehow we stayed sane." There seems to be a big, gaping
hole between Miller's romantic hopes, and the reality he experiences.
This singer's vocal intensity can be a little rich at times, much
like a double-chocolate dessert that loses its appeal after one too
many bites. Such brashness, however, is countered by welcome instrumental
elements, like the dobro running through "Southbound," the
mandolin on both "Out Of The Box" and "St. Louis,"
and the strings that soften "Caught."
If Miller were just a little more poetic and a little less forceful,
Out Of The Box might have come off a bit more likeable. But
as it stands, this CD is the sound of someone who is trying just a
little too hard to grab and hold the listener's attention.
2. Out of the Box
4. Spell It Out
5. Surround Me
6. If Only
9. St. Louis
10. The Whole Story?
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