Joy Mills “Trick Of The Eye”
‘Trick Of The Eye’ sees Joy Mills’ first attempt at going it alone. Away from her usual band The Starlings, the album is described in press releases as a record that “maintains the Seattle songwriter’s urban country style”. This expression actually turns out to be an incredibly accurate description. This is an album that seems determined not to stand out from the crowd.
Joy Mils does not appear interested in doing anything revolutionary; Indeed she seems very happy to remain within a comfort zone of bouncing melodies backed by a jaunty country rhythm. Songs like ‘History Repeats’ and ‘Tourist Time’ are well crafted tracks played out against a happy backdrop of electric guitar and pedal steel, while ‘Hey Valentine’ is a beautifully bittersweet step back from the joyful music elsewhere. All are fine tunes, sung by an excellent singer and backed by slick musicians. Yet there’s nothing different from so much that has come out of the Pacific Northwest. ‘Trick Of The Eye’ is an album that does not set out to be anything particularly new. Yet at least it does it rather nicely.