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Maci Miller
A Very Good Night

I'm probably not the first reviewer to begin a discussion about Maci Miller by mentioning her appearance. The photos on her Website and the sleeve art of her latest release, A Very Good Night (Dreamcastle Records), are beautifully retro-styled black and white shots of Ms. Miller in a variety of scenes and poses. I imagine it is frustrating for her to have these images receive as much or more attention as her music. But, unfortunately, at times the photos are not the only distraction.

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A Very Good Night

A Very Good Night
Bye-Bye Baby
Inseparable
My Sad Song

Get Real!

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Ms. Miller should be applauded for having written all ten songs on the album, and the excitement she exhibits in her performances shows her obvious love for the loungey/big band sounds being mined. However, the foil to her excitement is her backing band, which often seems sterile and sometimes downright bland. I can't help but feel if there were more gut and more "oomph" in the music and arrangements, this record would have made a greater impression.

As it stands, A Very Good Night demonstrates that Maci Miller has potential as a vocalist, who could do quite well with a stronger and richer backing. She should steer away from the glitter and bright lights of the nightlife and more toward the grit of back roads and woodsheds. With a little dirt under her nails, I think she could produce some very fine music.

—Gary A. Miller



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