Tony Mills - 'Over My Dead Body

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THE BAND:

Vocals – Tony Mills and Douglas Docker
Drums – Andreas Nergard
Bass – Andreas Passmark, Victor Borge, Henning Ramseth.
Fretless – Neil Kernon
Guitars – Paul Sabu, Robert Sall, Henning Ramseth.
Keys – Douglas Docker, Robert Sall, Eric Ragno and Henning Ramseth

TRACK LISTING:
1.) "Time Won’t Wait" - This track opens with a spoken vocal.  Underneath the spoken vocal there is a very simple keyboard arrangement.  After the spoken vocal there was a minor lead guitar solo over the top of an acoustic guitar.  The drum line of this section was done with a tom-tom pattern.  There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical verse.  The way Tony arranged the lyric lines of the verses reminded me of a lot of the stuff he arranged when he was with TNT.  There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical change for the pre-chorus.  Laced in between Tony's lead vocal lines of the pre-chorus there were backing vocals.  The choruses where very short with huge hooks.  The choruses had a very early Queensryche feel to them.  After the second chorus there was a small vocal breakdown that lead to a minor lead guitar solo.  After the third chorus there was a second minor solo section.  Over the top of the solo there were little lead vocal lines.

2.) "28 Flights" - This track opens with a special effect before going into the musical intro.  Scattered throughout the intro section there are little lead guitar licks.  At times throughout the intro the band slows the music down for a couple of beats.  This added a progressive sound to the intro.  There was a lead vocal accent connecting the intro with the musical verse.  The way Tony sang the lyrics along with the musical arrangement gave the verse a very up-tempo sound.  There was a rhythm change for the musical chorus.  The musical chorus consisted of a rhythm arrangement change.  There was an underlining vocal accent underneath the second chorus.  The third chorus had a huge Mills hook attached to it.  After the third chorus there was a breakdown section that lead to a lead guitar solo.  The coda consisted of hand claps.
3.) "We Should Be On By Now" - This track opens with the same handclaps that ended the second track.  As the handclaps progress there was a very simple piano arrangement underneath them.  The musical pre-verse consisted of lead vocals and piano.  Underneath the fourth lyric line there was a backing harmony.  There was a backing harmony connecting the pre-verse with the verse.  The dynamics of Tony's vocal lines along with the backing vocals of the chorus gives the chorus an operatic sound.  The band kicks-in for the musical chorus.  I really wasn't expecting this style of song from Tony however it just shows his unbelievable writing talent!.
4.) "No Love Lost" - This track opens with a huge Pink Floyd spoken effect.  Much like what Pink recorded on 'Dark Side Of The Moon''.  The actual song opens with a chorus.  In between the lyric lines there was a spoken vocal.  There was a minor lead guitar solo connecting the minor solo with the musical pre-verse.  The musical pre-verse vocally was heavy influenced by early Queensryche.  There were backing harmonies scattered throughout the musical pre-verse.  There was a spoken lyric line connecting the pre-verse and verse.  After the chorus there was a minor lead guitar solo.  Over the top of the solo there was a spoken vocal line.  Afte the third chorus there was a minor lead guitar solo. This solo ran underneath the lead vocal lines through the coda.
5.) "Gate 21" - This track opened with a very simple intro arrangement.  Some of the guitar licks were reminiscent to the late Jimi Hendrix.   There was a rhythm change for the musical verse.  Tony's vocals on this verse are some of the best I have heard.  There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical chorus.  The backing harmonies along with Tony's lead vocal lines of the chorus were amazing!!!!  After the first chorus there was a Queensryche influenced musical change.  After the chorus there was a small lead guitar solo section.
6.) "My Death" - This intro opens with a drum line.  as the drum line continues the band kicks-in a keyboard and an electric guitar arrangement.  The band used the same arrangement for the musical verse as the one of the intro.  As the musical verse continues a rhythm guitar arrangement kicks-in.  The fretless bass added a nice sound to the musical arrangement.  This fretless bass really bleeds through on the choruses.  The coda consisted of a helicopter effect.
7.) "Bitter Suite" - This track consisted of just a choir.  This choir effect had a Monk sound to it.  I think this was the only rock song I have ever heard that consisted of just vocals.
8.) "4 In The Morning" - This intro consisted of a minor solo.  Over the top of the minor solo Tony sings a lead vocal accent.  There was a couple drum and guitar fills connecting the intro with the musical verse.  The musical verse was classical Tony!  The chorus had a huge hook attached to it.  There was a minor lead guitar solo connecting the first chorus with the second verse.  After the second chorus there was a lead guitar solo.  This track was one of my favorites on the release!  After the third chorus there was a minor lead guitar solo. 
9.) "Northern Star" - There was a minor lead guitar solo over the top of this intro arrangement.  Laced in between the lead vocal lines there were backing harmonies.  Scattered throughout the end of the verse there was a minor lead guitar solo.  Vocally Tony's vocally blew me away upon this song.  There was a minor lead guitar after the first chorus.  This was an amazing song!!!!!!
10.) "Somewhere In London" - I just feel in love with this track!!!!  This was the perfect Tony Mills song!
11.) "Free Spirits"  - This track opens with a piano arrangement.  As the piano continues the band added a simple drum line.  It sounded like the first few lyric lines Tony used a studio effect.  After a few lyric line the rest of the band kicks in.  The choruses had a simple Tony hook attached to them.  For the second verse the band changed the arrangement.  After the second chorus there was a major lead guitar solo.  I loved the way Tony arranged this song!  Over the top of the musical arrangement of the coda there was a small spoken vocal.


   'Over My Dead Body' is the fifth solo release from Tony Mills.  From my prospective 'Over My Dead Body' an amazing retrospective release that is filled with personal pain from his own life plus musicians that shall nameless.
   The songs on this release cover the gambit of Tony's songwriting ability and song styles.  Not only song styles he has recorded however also music styles he is a fan of.  Many of the songs had a Queensryche feel which to be honest I completely was not expecting.  This is not necessarily a bad thing.  It just shows just how diverse the singer/songwriter is.  For me this was an amazing release!  If you are a fan of Tony Mills or Queensryche this is the release for you!