When Scott Miller died suddenly in 2013, he had been planning a new Game Theory album, the first new material he’d release under that moniker since 1989. His idea was to enlist a bunch of collaborators who were friends and like-minded musical folks to work on individual songs with him. He’d written some lyrics, recorded some stuff…but that was it. And he was gone.
And so when it was announced last year that folks were going to try to finish this record – which he was planning to title Supercalifragile, which is fucking genius, by the way – I was a little skeptical. It sounded like it might be a bunch of folks basically trying to mimic Miller’s uniqueness, but not cohesively. Still…I’m a fan, so.
And I’ve had this record now for about a week, and frankly I’m gobsmacked. Literally, it’s one of the best records he ever did, and it sounds like nothing as I’ve described so far. It’s cohesive, smart, and well-tied together. Somehow they managed to get most of Scott’s own vocals onto a lot of these tracks, and then folks like Aimee Mann, Ted Leo, Will Scheff, et al did yeoman work providing backing vocals, guitars, keys, whatever. Ken Stringfellow of the Posies produced this both at Abbey Road and at a few studios in the States, and did an amazing job of making this all flow together. It isn’t ghoulish, it isn’t weird-sounding…it’s like this amazingly triumphant, artistic shout from the other side.
First track for non-album backer consumption is up for listening at Tidal, his collaboration with Aimee Mann. It’s a song called “No Love”, and believe me when I say that:
- It’s a a great song, and
- It isn’t the best song on this record.