In an interview, Rory explains how he came up with his music alias, Milo. It is derived from the book, The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. In the book there is a character named Milo. “Milo is this sort of every-person character who finds all the things boring. He’s taken on this adventure of wicked tasty wordplay and comes back all the better for it.” Milo’s explanation just makes my impression of him stronger. He is a very original and intelligent young adult who is sorting out his life and his feelings through clever rhymes. This mixtape not only contains great music, but also Milo’s journey after his friend, Robert, passed away.
This album would most likely not be on the radio. This is not because people wouldn’t like it, but because most songs on the radio aren’t very intellectual. People want songs they can easily relate to and where the meaning is obvious. Milo’s songs are sad and each line has a deeper meaning than what it first appears to be. Maybe a few songs from this album could appear on the radio like the melancholy song “Just Us.” Even that, unfortunately, would be on an underground radio that’s run by college kids who scour for new music.
Though I really like this mixtape as a whole, there were certainly a few specific songs that stuck with me. The first song on this tape is “Omar Don’t Scare.” This song was a nice way to ease into the playlist. There wasn’t very much emotion evoked, but the listener really gets to see who the rapper is. He explains his personality and the stereotypes he is not. The second song that stuck out to me and that was second in the list was “Just Us.” This was the first song that really got me into Milo. The beginning starts off sad because of its simplicity, but then ending will have your eyes brimmed with tears. The third song is “One Lonely Owl,” which are a lot of reviewers favorite. The beginning sounds like poetry being read out loud. This song really makes me fond of his voice. He is poetic and dreamy for the first two minutes and then does a 180 and spits clever but less sentimental rhymes. The fourth and last song I’ll mention in this post is “Bill Murray’s Prayer.” This song is very different from the other ones I’ve mentioned. This song is a tad more upbeat because it sounds like Milo is embracing the loss and seeing the growth from it. I would rate this song 4 stars. I like the overall mood of the song and the eerie feeling is gives me, but I wasn’t really moved by it. I couldn’t see an especially important message in this one, just a kind of generic one about accepting yourself and seeing what else is out there.