The Mills Brothers

Sweeter Than Sugar

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The Mills Brothers, with their smooth, soft tones and easy feel for melody and rhythm, have the ability to take popular songs, good, bad or otherwise, and polish them into radiant roundelays. The Brothers sing 16 great melodies on this CD of early recordings, and they show that they know how to play around each of the tunes, while bringing out the best in them. Their instrumental mimicking skills let them create complex and full musical atmospheres with just a guitar for accompaniment.

"Lazy Bones" features the brothers resonantly chiming in after each phrase of the lyric, sung by Donald Mills, the youngest of the four, before repeating an "instrumental" version of the song. They can scat sing like nobody's business. "Tiger Rag" and "Nagasaki" are knockout treatments of novelty songs, to which the brothers add great excitement by breaking the songs into rhythmically compelling intervals.

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