Cambridge-based singer-songwriter Dan Mills released his latest all original album, Something Good, on July 7th – and if you enjoy well-crafted songs with melodies that get under your skin in the best way, then you’ll definitely find more than Something Good here.
The twelve-track project opens with the rollicking “Quiet Car,” and continues with the soulful, harmony-filled title track, and the folky-acoustic (and irresistible) “Sandy.” Mills successfully showcases a variety of genres from those mentioned above, to the old-timey knee slapper “Spinnin the Cowboys” (about certain proclivities), to the delightfully smooth “Lonely When You're Gone” to the 50’s inspired “Tuscon, AZ.” He expresses gratitude on the reserved “Buy A Boat,” cherishes Manhattan in “Crazy About NY” (hello clarinet!), and blends in California Country on “Easier Said Than Done.” Something Good is rounded out by the noir swagger of “Damage Is Done," which is led by a fabulous piano, the jaunty fiddle-laden “Let Me Do Me” and the airy, piano ballad “Hold On.”
Something Good is a gloriously varied collection held together by Mills endearing (often swoon-worthy) vocals and his honest, engaging story songs. Quite simply, it’s a gem. Discover it.
Dan Mills has been writing and performing original music for over a decade. In 2011, he portrayed country-guitar legend Carl Perkins in the Broadway cast of Million Dollar Quartet, and his song “Best I Could” earned him a nomination for Sirius XM Coffeehouse’s “Singer/Songwriter Discovery of the Year." For much of his career, Mills was based in Brooklyn NY, with his band, which has been together for seven years. Last year, Dan moved to Boston—just across town from bandmate, Jesse Humphrey (drums), but a four hours’ drive from his other collaborators, Adam Podd (keyboards) and Mark Goodell (guitar & bass). Thanks to Pro Tools and cloud collaboration, the band finished Something Good even though they were over 200 miles apart.