I can't believe I let this one slip by on the blog for all these years. Signed to the same tiny Polygram subsidiary Chris Mars was on back in the early '90s, Lincoln, NE's completely neglected Millions made this debut corker of an album for the seemingly unsupportive label. Though there's no denying mouthpiece Lori Allison by far and away steals The Millions collective spotlight, Harry Dingman III's chimey, resonating fretwork is featured almost as prominently. (BTW, the band's lineup also featured For Against drummer, Greg Hill). The Primitive's meet U2? Sorta. The Millions commercial aspirations were blatantly obvious, but M is for Millions big budget studio sheen hardly detracts from it's stirring songcraft, housing a pair of 'perfect 10s,' "Smiling and Shaking" and "Sometimes," both worth the band's namesake in currency, as well as cuts like "Riga (Freedom)" and "Ordinary Men," that fall just shy of that lofty ranking. After exiting Polygram the Millions independently released an utterly forgettable and unrepresentative follow-up, Raquel which I would recommend to no one. Instead, chase down M is for Millions with some early demos on their posthumously created Myspace page.
Update 8/26/13: A re-tweaked and greatly expanded reissue of M is for Millions is available from CD Baby.
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