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Mills, Darby (And The Unsung Heroes) - 1991 Never Look Back

ARTIST: Mills, Darby (& Unsung Heroes)
ALBUM: Never Look Back
SERIAL: CD 74423
YEAR: 1991


LINEUP: Darby Mills - vocals * Corey James Phillips - guitars * Paul Minshall - keyboards * Shelley Andrushko - bass * Jeff Slewidge - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Never Look Back * 02 Cry To Me * 03 Give It All * 04 Hot Water * 05 Monkey * 06 Run * 07 Bad Bad Boy * 08 Someone Turn The Light On * 09 Want It * 10 (Don't Stop) Keepin' On


This is the one-off project by ex Headpins heroine Darby Mills. Ms Mills has always been a favourite of mine: gutsy vocals matching her diminutive form. After her Headpins venture hit the wall in 1985, Darby played with a number of other local outfits such as Plain Jane. However, WEA Canada came to the party with a deal, on the proviso that outside writers were bought in. These included heavyweights such as Stan Meissner, Tom Deluca, plus Gord Maxwell and Kenny 'Kaos' Loney (Paul Laine). Assembling a cast of local Vancouver musicians under the handle of The Unsung Heroes, Darby struck back into the spotlight once again.

The Songs
When you listen to some of these songs you wonder why this album didn't do better. The fantastic 'Run' is quality AOR, complete with a soaring chorus and some strident guitarwork from Phillips. Follow this up with the killer ballad 'Someone Turn The Light On', and honestly, Darby has never sounded better.. 'Give It All Up' is another standout, and throw in a couple of other Stan Meissner co-writes such as the title track 'Never Look Back' (also featured on Stan's Metropolis project) and 'Cry To Me' and you've got one of the strongest contenders of the 1991 year. Elsewhere, 'Bad Bad Boy' is a hard rock anthem of rebellion while 'Hot Water' rocks just as hard.

In Summary
Unfortunately the album was not a commercial success, which belies the quality of the material. Not the 'kick ass' approach as we saw with Headpins, but more mature melodic rock, should have done better things at the box office. As mentioned elsewhere on this site, Darby is still in the biz, with periodic get togethers of her old outfit Headpins, which may culminate in some new output at some point.

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#1 | jeffrey343 on March 28 2008 16:24:44
This is another one of my recent high-dollar purchases ($40 on ebay). Man I wish some of these CDs were more readily available... Very nice CD; all tracks are very good, with the title track being my favorite.
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