Rick Miller has been composing, producing, performing and recording since the early 1980s, gaining a great deal of production experience while working at Sound Design Studios in Toronto and later in his own studio in Lakefield, Ontario, all the while honing his skills as a singer and songwriter. Early this century, Miller turned his attention to progressive rock, the music he grew up listening to, and released four prog CDs between 2004-2009. Falling Through Rainbows (2009) is his latest; this is the new Unicorn Digital edition. Rick lists his influences succinctly as The Moody Blues, Pink Floyd, Steve Hackett, and Gabriel-era Genesis, but its the first two that dominate, such that Falling Through Rainbows can easily be described as a cross between The Moodies and Floyd. Miller sings and plays guitar and keyboards (lots of Mellotron), assisted by other musicians on flute, cello, guitar, violin, and drums. This is old-school melancholy, and those David Gilmour-style guitar leads are just what is needed to shift The Moody Blues out of the late 1960s into the 1970s progressive rock era.
Canadian multi-instrumentalist Rick Miller
has always been one for mellow music. Beginning his work in the eighties with
the new age record "Starsong", Rick has gone on to make a series of
albums, often drawing comparisons to the work of Pink Floyd, and for good
reason. "Dark Dreams" is another warming addition to this saga,
capitalizing on his soulful guitar style and artistic maturity.
The comparisons to Pink Floyd are well founded,
although I think I would take it one step closer and liken Miller's work to
Floyd guitarist David Gilmour's solo career, particularly "On An
Island". The music here is fleshed out with atmosphere, built around
melancholic songwriting, and brought to life through Miller's lead guitar, of
which listeners will hear much of. Although his voice is somewhat plain, Rick
uses it well, and his songwriting- often graced with satirical lyrics- works
with his subdued vocal approach. Like many other, more laid-back vocalists in
prog rock- notably Steven Wilson - Rick Miller distinguishes his vocal talent
through beautiful vocal harmonies. The key to his talent lies in the guitar,
Although much of the album's forty-five minutes is allocated to the
more structured elements of his songwriting, he never forgets to give some
breathing room for his guitar, home to some of the most tasteful soloing I've
heard in a while.
Above all, I may be most impressed by the
way Miller has produced his work. After having worked in a recording studio for
some time, it's clear that this experience has translated well in his work,
resulting in a gorgeous sound for "Dark Dreams". With particular
regards to his vocal harmonies, Rick's ear for mixing is spot-on. Of course-
much like the songwriting- the sound of "Dark Dreams" sticks itself
within a fairly tight room. Barring the ethnic ambiance that bookends the
record, listeners can expect to hear a fairly straightforward course of
melancholic rock, rarely deviating from the slow to mid-tempo pace. For the
intents of a 'chill out' album, "Dark Dreams" does not suffer loss,
but it would have been nice to hear Rick Miller's artistic vision broadened.
His talent and skill of engineering is very evident, but the sense of restraint
is never broken.
Needless to say, fans of David Gilmour's
solo work will love what Rick Miller offers; Rick certainly delivers many of
the same traits and qualities that make the former such an icon. "Dark
Dreams" rarely leaps out or seeks to surprise, but it creates a warm,
welcoming atmosphere for one to sit down and relax to, and I think that's what
Miller set out to do all along.
"The album “In the Shadows” by Rick Miller is simply the best
Progressive Rock Album to come out in a very long time. With a voice like
Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues, Guitar riffs that rival David Gilmour of
Pink Floyd, and the engineering talents of Alan Parsons, Rick Miller has
produced an instant classic that I consider to be the best progressive rock album of 2011." ~ Stewart Brennan World United Music.
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Rick Miller’s music will sooth your melancholy with some of the best progressive rock sounds since The Alan Parsons Project, The Moody Blues, Genesis, and Pink Floyd. For progressive rock fans, Rick Miller is a MUST! ~ Stewart Brennan – World United MusicReplyDelete
I love their music! It's for me a complete musician. The albuns are very beautiful. Every day I hear some CD from Rick Miller.ReplyDelete
Great new album released today by Rick Miller called "Breaking Point"Delete