By Del Scott Miller
After checking out some fantastic unsigned bands, I'm left with this CD on my desk staring up at me, expectant eye, awaiting a review. I've been listening to it on and off for a week now, and each time I form a new opinion. Del Scott Miller plays guitar in a local Barnsley band, The Baddies, but this is a sample of his solo work.
It is track two on this tiny sample of Del's work that shows promise. Anthony's Brother is a great melodic tune which had me wishing for more of it. It was somewhat let down by monotone vocals, but it had a really fun feel, and perhaps 'singing' in monotone was the idea for this track. I loved the Coldplay-esque guitar riff which permeated the track, and with some money thrown at it would probably be a great song.
However, with that said it took quite a few listens to If You Work Hard... before I could say much. The problem being that the second it come on it began to grate on me for some reason, and a few times something more interesting grabbed my attention. I think it was those monotone vocals that turned me off. Snappy upbeat guitars and bass solos seem more accustomed to more fun voices. It's tracks like this that make you want to be a producer, so you can sit people down and just give it to them straight, "If you work hard, you might be alright".
After the experience that was My Timing Will Win Me Few Friends, I'd like to see the guy live, mainly because it offers a level playing field to bands. I think he has genuine song writing talent, which I'd imagine would be best displayed through others than himself.