Miles To Dayton
"A Long Way Back" CD
Genre: folk, indie pop
Miles to Dayton's first full-length effort
is a solid collection of quiet, dreamy tunes. Almost every track here
is chock-full of clever harmonies and labyrinthine melodies that
warrant repeat listens. Krista March - unassumingly listed as
"the voice" in the liner notes - has some sweet pipes that suit the
M2D sound to a tee, while guitarist and chief songwriter Jon
Preddice enlists a small army of instrumentalists to provide spot
contributions. Because the majority of the songs on A Long Way Back
are lovelorn ballads, the album's vibe can get a bit samey at times,
so the increased depth of the band's musical arsenal is welcome.
Preddice himself provides some of the most memorable touches
with impeccably-timed cello licks that punctuate the album's climactic
moments. He delivers some giant solos, most notably on "Your Love" and
"Dayton," two tunes that don't stray far from the M2D formula.
There are some notable exceptions - the up-tempo opener, "Hero For
Another Day," shows that these guys can play the indie pop game, while
straight-up rocker "Therapy" and epic highlight "Green Light Go" see
the band reach for the amplifiers to add some punch to its sound - but
rootsy ballads remain Miles to Dayton's bread and butter.
"We'll all be fine, for we all have a place and time," March warbles
in the triumphant final chorus of "Letter to You and Me,"
encapsulating the album's message in one subdued rallying cry. You
MP3s (from milestodayton.net):
Hero For Another Day,
[Vitals: 12 tracks, distributed by