Buddy and Julie Miller- Breakdown on 20th Ave. South
Through pains and sorrow, joy prevails with Buddy and Julie Miller’s fifth collaboration and follow up to their 2009 critically acclaimed release Written in Chalk. Breakdown on 20th Ave. South finds the duo on dealing with the emotional and physical effect on their marriage after Julie’s diagnosis of fibromyalgia. In twelve tracks, the duo rise, from the title track that uncovers Julie’s chain of thoughts at a personal crossroads, the confessional narrative and painted images driving the song. “Spittin’ On Fire,” and “War Child” continue the tale of relationships battles with two-way perspective, her husbands thoughts while surrounded by current events, in the meantime, '"I'm Gonna Make You Love" is authentically quirky ballad that brings forth the couple’s tongue in cheek humour. Meanwhile, ‘Everything Your Fault’ and ‘Used Heart’ see’s Miller constant question how far is a devotion in a strained relationship of an alienated couple. The album continues with “Till The Stardust Comes Apart,” that was inspired by a documentary on the universe and Stardust. “The song,” Miller quips, “Fell out of the sky. Both literally and figuratively.” The album concludes with the last two tracks "Thoughts at 2AM" explores religion and spiritually as to final track "Storm of Kisses" written with nephew Alasdair Mackenzie who came up with the title when he was 4 years old, in a Rolling Stone interview Julie mentions "I waited until he was of age to ask him if he would be interested in a co-write with Aunt Julie. Because that line “storm of kisses,” that was all he had, but that was enough." Breakdown on 20th. Ave. South is out now on New West records.
True country music is honesty, sincerity, and real life to the hilt. Garth Brooks