Web exclusive: Taylor Mills' solo debut 


Taylor Mills
Aqua Pulse Records
3.5 stars

After years of providing able background vocals to stars like Billy Joel, Elton John and her mentor, Brian Wilson, Taylor Mills is finally striking out on her own. With “Lullagoodbye,” she makes an auspicious debut.

Much of her success lies in her sultry, passionate voice that’s both powerful and intimate. It’s obvious Mills could sing to heights beyond what’s necessary, but her talent also is in the fact that she tempers any impulse to overdo it. She also captures a range of emotions, from loss in the haunting and beautiful “Hello Sun” to the liberation of “Consolation Prize,” which features a gauzy drawl of music that shows a feisty side.

Speaking of which, the songs are good too. Thanks to co-writers, including Mills’ husband, Styx drummer Todd Sucherman and Scott Bennett, a member of Wilson’s band, “Lullagoodbye” is far from being the generic offal proliferated by so many celebrities-cum-pop princess wannabes. Don’t ever lump Mills with them.


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