Mills, Chris / Plays and Sings/Nobody's Favou
Album: Plays and Sings/Nobody's Favou   Collection:General
Artist:Mills, Chris   Added:Nov 2003
Label:Powerless Pop Recorders  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2004-02-02 Pull Date: 2004-04-05
Week Ending: Mar 28 Feb 22
Airplays: 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Mar 26, 2004: Discarded, Recycled, and New
This Is not An Easy Thing
2. Feb 19, 2004: Discarded, Recycled, and New

Album Review
Matt Mettler
Reviewed 2004-02-06
This is a reissue of a 1998 EP and a 7”. It is singer/songwriter material played with a band, but the band plays a very supporting role. The sound is centered on the lead guitar and vocals and recoded with a pretty low-fi, earthy sound. Glenn Kotche, the new Wilco drummer is on here, which is cool. Mills has raspy, evocative vocals, which sound better when he tones them down a bit. I am torn by this album. On the one hand, many songs have what I can best describe as a “Gusterish-this-sound-goes-over-well-among-college-sophomores-starting-to-play-acoustic-guitar” tag. Meaning that Mills really lets his acoustic G,C, and D chords ring-out, which ends up eclipsing the songs. The lyrics generally mirror the pleasant, non-cutting edge arrangements. On the other hand, this is not bad by any means. At his best, like track seven or one, Mills comes off as a promising Townes-Van-Zandt influenced folk/country/rock musician instead of Guster. So I guess overall it has the unfocused sound of “early work.”
-Matt M.

1. *Mid-tempo – Band - easy acoustic strumming number – not overly complex arrangement, but super pleasant.
2. Down-tempo – a country/folk solo acoustic
3. Down-tempo – only 1:02. I like his vocal delivery here – more straightforward.
4. *Up-tempo – Band – this one actually made it to the radio a little bit in the mid-west – rootsy rock sound with a catchy hook.
5. Mid-tempo – Band - not a bad song – a bit more mature lyrically than the others.
6. Down-tempo – has some cool mandolin – a little drawn out.
7. *Down-tempo – Band - very cool song – about killers. Nice accordion – has a little of Springsteen’s “Nebraska.”
8. Up-tempo – Band - another version of track one – this one is much less polished – more treble – it is shorter and has a little more guitar work, but is missing the country rhythm that makes the first one sound a little like a Son Volt song, which is never a bad thing.
9. Mid-tempo – I like the title a lot – “keep the corpse beautiful” – song is pretty mediocre.

Track Listing
1. Nowhere Town   5. Bad with Names
2. Stone Walls and Steel Bars   6. This Love
3. Trouble Me no More   7. Killers
4. This Is not An Easy Thing   8. Nowhere Town
  9. Keep the Corpse Beautiful