Becky Mills – Tall Tales and Home Truths

Album Review | Talking Elephant Records | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 4/5

Often, taking time over a project leads to greater results and for Becky Mills’ new record, six years was enough to ensure that her listeners would sit up and listen. With ten original songs, Becky once again demonstrates a clearly defined confidence in both her song writing and her strong vocal performances, accompanying herself on guitar with unfussy arrangements, which allows her selection of fine collaborators the space to express themselves. Ruth Angell’s warm and inviting violin never outstays its welcome, nor does Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne’s concertina. Blair Dunlop’s atmospheric electric guitar is restrained, providing the space for Becky’s story telling, notably on “The Lady of Ballantyne.” Lyrically, the subjects weave between family stories and local folklore, inviting us to eavesdrop on the former Waking the Witch singer’s ethereal world. It’s been a while since Becky’s debut solo album Dandelion, and the arrival of Tall Trees and Home Truths has been well worth the wait.