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Lynn Miles - Love Sweet Love

Love Sweet Love

Lynn Miles

RHR CD 193

Red House Records
P.O. Box 4044
St. Paul, MN 55104

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Roberta B. Schwartz
(rschwart@bowdoin.edu)

Listening to Lynn Miles sing is like getting lost in a book that is so good you forget time and place. Each song tells a story, from beginning to end, in a three or four minute segment. And like chapters in a good book, you cannot wait to find out what happens next…

Love Sweet Love is Juno Award-winning Lynn Miles' new recording, and her first on the Red House Records label. It has been a long four-year wait since the release of the stunning Unravel, and Love Sweet Love does not disappoint.

The recording opens with a bang, with Flames of Love. Here the singer dares her lover to show her everything: "show me your mystery/ show me your shame/ tell me your secret code" in order to "go down in the flames of love." The catch in her voice, the driving guitars and the distinctive beat of the drums grab you from the start, and like a willing victim, you go along on this beautiful ride.

If Ph.D.'s were given out in the language of love, Lynn Miles would have her diploma hanging on a wall somewhere. Love Sweet Love expresses how we all yearn for that one true love while 1000 Lovers tells of the pain that failed relationships leave behind when you find yourself alone. Special kudos to Keith Glass on his plaintive, flawless work on mandolin.

Songs like Trying Not to be So Sad and Never Coming Back are so good they send shivers up your spine. Miles' voice ranges all over the scale - up, around and through the various phases of loss. She has a gift for turning even the most familiar phrases into poetry:
There is the same old moon, same old sky
Clouds are heavy and rivers dry
Rusty hills and lonely hearts and
Broken dreams and falling stars

Long-time collaborator and producer, Ian LeFeuvre, brings Miles' vision to life with a complex mix of instruments creating a sound which strongly supports, but never overwhelms the vocals.

Miles proves, once again, that no one can touch her mastery in describing the triumphs, pitfalls and landscape of love. Her lyrics, like fireworks, explode in the nighttime sky leaving lovely trails of shimmering light behind. The images she creates, along with the aching, haunting quality of her voice, leave lasting impressions. Love Sweet Love is a masterwork in contemporary music. I am beginning to think that there is no better singer/songwriter than Lynn Miles. Let's hope that we don't have to wait another four years to hear more from this brilliant artist.

Track List

  • Flames of Love
  • Love Sweet Love
  • 1000 Lovers
  • Trying Not to be So Sad
  • Never Coming Back (Lynn Miles/Ian LeFeuvre)
  • Night Drive
  • Rainmaker
  • 8 Hour Drive
  • This is the Night
  • Sweet and Tender Heart
  • Casinos El Camino (Lynn Miles/John Cody)
All songs written by Lynn Miles except where noted.

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2006, Peterborough Folk Music Society and Roberta B. Schwartz.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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