Austin Miller lets the lyrics take the reins on his album More Than One Way. A singer/songwriter should after all. The arrangements around the songs are very good and the interesting and meaningful lyrics. Gently used horns and a plethora of instrumentation accompany the songs but the lyrics are always given the spotlight.
The record starts with great optimism on the title track and “How Far” before diving into a different mood. A short instrumental is needed before the stark “Moving Along” comes about. In “Moving Along” Miller refuses to turn the other cheek as he begrudgingly reports “It’s not alright and I will not let this slide” in a well thought out tone where you know he won’t ever budge. A pedal steel is used brilliantly in spots on the album like on “In The City” although it is difficult not to listen for Neil Young’s “Helpless” break out during the song.
Miller’s vocal delivery throughout More Than One Way is top notch. Each lyric is delivered confident and carefully as the 10 songs unfold. Late in the album on “Like You Mean It” the lyrics “Haunt me like you mean it / tell me like you’ve seen it” are piercingly descriptive. Miller shows every bit of talent that americana acts like Mumford and Sons and Bon Iver have taken to the bank. More Than One Way is a confident, well recorded album that is definitely worth seeking out.
Key Tracks: “Moving Along” “Like You Mean It” “More Than One Way”