CD REVIEW: Fill Me Up by Amilia K. Spicer

The first single from Amilia K. Spicer’s upcoming full length release, “Fill Me Up”, reveals a singer/songwriter who is rapidly evolving into one of the indie scene’s truly titanic talents and cannot be held back from achieving mainstream success she richly deserves. She’s a multi-instrumentalist who has taken it upon herself to round off her considerable talents rather than standing pat with one particular thrust. Her prior releases have garnered considerable critical acclaim and her music has found particular favor with audiences who value intense, bluesy invocations of personal experiences. “Fill Me Up” is a superbly produced affair that will entertain her current fans as well as drawing new loyalists into her orbit. Her vocal huskiness and attentiveness to phrasing sets her apart from many contemporaries and she’s accompanied by first class musicians who know how to delve into the heart of her songwriting without ever unduly seizing any of the spotlight for themselves.

The song is guided by a pleasing sense of musical and vocal style, but there’s no question that the time Spicer invests in writing is well worth it. She has an eye for important and telling imagery, all specific, that does much of the necessary storytelling for the song. She never overwrites and, instead, crafts a track that’s equal parts character study and personal statement. The suggestiveness of some of the writing is reinforced by a smoky, atmospheric performance benefitting from her never pushing too hard and overemphasizing the content. She, instead, shows a tasteful aplomb throughout the vocal for touching on the right emotional buttons with just the right amount of force. “Fill Me Up” sounds like a truly genuine plea from Spicer and will resonate with a large audience, but the players utilized on this song make a big difference on the final result.

Bringing fiddle and slide guitar into the mix are keen eared moves. The violin has a decidedly lyrical bent enormously enhancing the song’s melodic attributes while the slide lends some of the instrument’s trademark gritty authenticity. It deftly brings Spicer’s country and blues influences together with a minimum amount of fuss. The song runs just the right amount of time – there’s a lot of color at work here to sustain a four and a half minute length. None of it is ever bright lights and tinsel. Instead, Spicer works hard for every reaction she gets from listeners and achieves the song’s ultimate effects quite honestly. This is a raw, unbidden performance not shaped by commercial considerations or delusions of being anything else than a recording artist and writer practically falling over themselves to express the innermost workings of their heart. “Fill Me Up”, as an early peek into her soon to be released album, certainly qualifies as a tantalizing glimpse into its riches. Amilia K. Spicer’s continued rise in sales and musical esteem will continue unabated with this new single.


by Lydia Hillenburg

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