EP REVIEW: Lloyd Miller - Not too Late
By: Cyrus Rhodes
Alternative Rock, Modern Country, Rocked-out Blues
Weakness: Winded Songs, EP Release
Austin Texas based Singer/Songwriter Lloyd Miller, of the Lloyd Miller Band just released his debut EP in 2012. Miller is no stranger to the business having years of experience and attending Musicians Institute's GIT program. I might add their debut EP which was produced by CJ Eiriksson (U2, Matchbox 20, Incubus). Band members include Lloyd Miller (Vocals, Guitar), Jason Clark (Vocals Bass), and Ace Alonzo (Drums). .
The EP takes flight with “Not too Late” a methodical rocked-out guitar groove that serves up driving rock rhythm against slamming fretwork and well placed, heartfelt vocals from Miller. Track 2 “Whisper in the Dark” keeps thing moving in the right direction with its steady flowing rhythm, hooky chorus, and amazing finale. Track 3 "Your Love" shifts gears a bit with its dynamic guitar intro, eventually lending itself into an impressive ballad that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. The EP makes a great first impression dashing out 3 solid tracks in a row. I would classify this music as Alternative Rock with a slight modern country rock flair. Along the way you will notice impressive instrumentation with things like impressive solo guitar, well placed harmonies all built upon a solid rhythm section to boot. The musicianship of everyone involved is clearly above the bar. Now turning our attention over to Miller as for his vocal abilities, his voice works extremely well within the confines of this catalogue. I might add Miller knows how to play the guitar (rhythm and solo), but he also knows how to sit deep within the pocket and sing a song with amazing fluidity. His voice goes down smooth and fills the space peacefully and unobtrusively with an infectious jagged edge. All the Engineering aspects are in check (Recording, Mixing, Mastering) as the CD possesses solid low end punch and crystal clear high end clarity. The music reminds me of a combination between Keith Urban and Nikelback. All songs are well crafted and consistent across the board. The EP ends with “Life Renewed” the perfect finale statement for an EP like this.
All songs over 3.5 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. Miller also needs how learn how to slowly build a vocal performance. At time especially in the beginning, he comes across a bit to strong. Artists like Miller are guilty of over singing their songs slightly, very much like an actor overacts. Miller also needs to take more vocal risks throughout his performances, and put the brakes on his excessive vibrato.. I typically don’t give 10 star ratings out to EP releases. The full length CD is a more complete snapshot to judge an artist by.
From start to finish “Not Too Late” EP is an impressive musical teaser from Lloyd Miller. The music is grooving, upbeat and entertaining. The songwriting – all consistent musical experiences, each one possessing a unique personality, flair and signature groove. The writing, playing and singing abilities of Lloyd Miller and his band are rock solid. The guitar work from Miller is impressive and vocal presence and overall persona of Miller is something many females around will welcome with open arms.