Doyle - Release

Saturday 1st May 2004
Doyle - Release
Doyle - Release

RATING 3 3 3
LABEL: Independent
RRP: £4.99

Reviewed by Trevor Kirk

This album is difficult to classify: let me try to explain. Doyle Mills is a singer/songwriter from Omagh, Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland, and his professed influences range from The Beatles and The Pretenders via Bob Dylan and Nils Lofgren to Counting Crows. His style (according to his publicity) is a fusion of folk, rock and reggae, and whilst most of the contents of this 10 track CD have an acoustic guitar base, there are plenty of other instruments in evidence, including various electric guitars, cello, mandolin and tin whistle. So, taking all that into account, pop is probably about right. So far, so good, but despite the obvious effort that has gone into this, I can’t recommend it for several reasons, the most obvious being the production, which has an unpleasant flat, muddy quality, with no sparkle or clarity to it, and at times the mix is all over the place. Also, Doyle’s voice has a tendency to be almost everywhere except where it should be, namely, on the note, and coupled with a bunch of fair-to-average songs, it makes a rather depressing listening experience.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Music Room [Listen]
2. Dancing In The Rain [Listen]
3. Headlights [Listen]

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Reader Comments

Posted by Doyle Mills @ 01:02 on Jun 23 2005

Guys, you've left out a couple of tracks from the track listing of 'Release'
Track 2 is 'Dancin' in the rain' - might have been a better choice for mp3.
Track 9 is 'Don't follow me'
Anyway, thanks anyhow for putting some of it on the site. Appreciate the effort, although I doubt if it will make any difference after Trevor's review.
How is he anyway? No hard feelings - water under the bridge - that was all in a previous existence!!



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