Masters Of The Burial


Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Uncut
    Freed from Torquil Campbell's mannered indie melodrama, she gives full rein to her inner country girl. [Jan 2010, p. 121]
  2. The music lover in Millan finds that stability in other people’s songs.
  3. Millan's "plain jane" delivery may be occasionally sleep inducing, but it's comfort, not boredom that delivers the serotonin.
  4. None of this ever feels oppressive because of Ms. Millan’s light touch as a singer.
  5. Filter
    Backed by friends Leslie Feist, Liam O'Neil and Evan Cranley, to name a few, Millan proves to be an intimate and arrow-like songwriter. [Fall 2009, p.102]
  6. Her sound sure is pretty, but it doesn’t hook you in the way, say, Cat Power’s self-destruction does.
  7. Q Magazine
    In comparison, the second solo album from Broken Social Scene/Stars vocalist Amy Millan can't help but seem just a little routine. [Jan 2010, p. 126]
  8. Mojo
    The songs barely disturb the dust in the room as they gently tip-toe about, Millan's lazy drawl far less deliberate than the clipped enunciation she often exercises on Stars' chamber pop. [Feb 2010, p. 102]
  9. 50
    Masters of the Burial lacks the character to be more than the sum of its lovely parts: fiddles, regret, and a pretty voice.
  10. Under The Radar
    While the inclusion of cover songs proves that Millan's writing abilities are more than adequate--or at least adequate enough to stand amongst her peers-- it inadvertently highlights how her delivery leaves something to be desired.
  11. Like a lot of great records, Masters Of The Burial is minimally arranged, slowly performed and quietly recorded; but there's never a spark here because Millan doesn't give enough of herself to it.

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