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Sheri Miller

Winning Hand

Review by Gary Hill

The new EP from Sheri Miller finds her continuing her musical explorations with style. The weakest material here is still quite good and the closing piece makes this a worthwhile purchase, even if it were the only number.

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Track by Track Review
Spoons

Modern pop sounds are merged with folk on this catchy tune. It gets pretty intricate and involved later.

Winning Hand
The catchy pop is gone from this. A lot of the folk music is, too. If anything, this piece feels like an intricate and powerful acoustic prog tune. The vocal delivery is probably closer to country or folk music, but so many of the layers of sound built into the music approach progressive rock. This is a far more mature tune than the one that opened the set. It’s also much stronger.
Satellite
A hard rocking, but still acoustic, folk rock motif opens this. It works in that style for a time before working out again in some proggy directions. There’s more of the pop rock sound here, but this is another that is really quite proggy. It gets quite involved and intricate and there’s some tasty electric guitar in the mix later.
Everybody Feels This Way Sometimes
It seems to drop a bit here. This is much more in a pop rock motif. It’s pretty straightforward and a little predictable. It’s not bad, it’s just that compared to the last two pieces it doesn’t stand tall enough.
Hungry For the Truth
This is unquestionably the best cut on show. It combines jazz, blues and rock into a motif that’s dramatic and powerful. This is theatrical and a really strong piece of music. This one, by itself, is worth the price of admission.
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