“When The Saints Sleep” is an attention grabbing title track but “Hangin’ On To The Hoping” provides an almost tangible energetic flow. With lyrics “dreams change, commitments are made, and promises get broken – the most important things are left unspoken.” Miles sounds the happiest on “Sweet Sigh Of Relief”. The recording at the end of “Born To These Bones” delivers part of the album’s message “there’s only one life and this is it.” The other part of the message lies in the beautifully harmonized (thanks in part to Dawn Iulg and Christine Miles) refrain “or at least I can dream so” from the final track with a similar title.
Miles’ songwriting is about everyday people making his music easily accessible, true-to-life rock and roll, with a healthy dose of Americana and folk. This album has moments of solo, seemingly personal refection to moments of finely crafted rock and roll by The Waywards. In the control of those extremes Miles tell his stories so well. I can understand the Johnny Miles to Bruce Springsteen but I have to agree with the Ryan Adams comparisons too.
Congratulations to Johnny Miles & The Waywards on the release of When The Saints Sleep and thank you for filling my and fellow music lovers ears with great music....click here for more.