Trey Mills

Album Title: Saving Me EP
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Pop/Rock
As producer turned solo artist Trey Mills belts away on this EP's opener "Saving Me", it becomes evident that his aptitude as a producer hasn't carried over to his own music. While spewing such disastrous lines as "It was like I was going to see the medicine man in such a faraway land and I needed to be healed", Mills, who is actually quite a decent vocalist indulges in pop-friendly melodies and succeeds to a certain extent. The pop sensibility of this song becomes particularly crucial to Mills' career as an artist when analyzing the big picture; the EP's first song "Saving Me" also happens to be his upcoming full-length's first single.

In the realm of catchy pop music, "Saving Me" gets the job done. The same cannot be said for the next track "Holding On", which is fraught with an indescribably awful echo effect. I honestly thought it was meant to be ironic when the song started. It doesn't get any better as the EP rolls along with Mills offering up more of his poetic genius on Players, when he asks "Can I buy you a coffee sometime?" One begins to wonder if this album is a lyrically sardonic stab at mainstream acts. It is not.

This isn't to say that there are no redeeming qualities on this EP whatsoever. There are references to Canada and its geography tucked neatly in the songs and the whistling reminiscent of Andrew Bird on the last track "Best Week Of My Life" actually had me tapping my foot. At the end of the day, this is sugary pop/rock that is not to be taken too seriously. With that being said, what Mills does on this EP has been and continues to be done in a more memorable fashion by countless other artists.

Writer: Vinh Cao

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