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Paul Kelly - Words and Music (2004) Retail CD
This album has more ambition than its predecessor, 1995's Deeper Water, and is the better for it. The music is more complex and varied, as are the subjects covered by the clever, touching and often funny lyrics. Indeed, the key to this album's success is that it has re-found the sense of fun that inhabits much of Kelly's best work (listen out for a lovely nod to the Beatles in the title track).This is not, however, a collection of comic songs or light weight pop; rather, here is a mature song writer who is able to find the humour in life despite, or maybe because of, it's darker side. It is aboutmore… "big subjects" - love, loss, sex, politics, growing up - but all rendered in subtle and original ways. These songs are full of the intimate, personal portraits that are Kelly's speciality (such as in How To Make Gravy), often containing deliciously humorous insights (Tease Me; I'd Rather Go Blind), sometimes spiced up with a certain undercurrent of suburban menace (Nothing On My Mind; Gutless Wonder). Throughout the album a wonderful way with words is exhibited (the subtle criticism inherent in the term little king; the lovely juxtaposition of clichés in I'll Be Your Lover). Musically the album moves effortlessly through rock, pop, bits of country and funk, and even hints of bluesy gospel on Glory Be To God (a track that nods toward Nick Cave). The album is full of magical musical touches embellishing the already wonderfully strong tunes - the bassline when it hits it's stride a minute into Melting; the persistent chant that opens Tease Me; the saxophone break on Gutless Wonder; Renee Geyer's almost orgasmic wail half way through Beat Of Your Heart. And Kelly's vocal delivery is assured throughout, even adventurously exploring new territory on the wonderful opener Little Kings. This album is Paul Kelly working on a big canvas, and exhibits much of what makes his music so great. While not quite reaching the peak of his seminal work, 1986's Gossip, this is nevertheless an excellent album and perhaps more accessible to an international audience as it lacks the parochial references of most of Kelly's earlier work. This is the album that finally won Paul Kelly the well overdue award of best song writer at the Australian music awards, and I recommend it to any fan of intelligent music.
|2||I'll Be Your Lover Now|
|3||Nothing on My Mind|
|4||Words and Music|
|5||How to Make Gravy|
|8||I'd Rather Be Blind|
|9||She Answers the Sun (Lazybones) - Rebecca Barnard, Paul Kelly|
|10||Beat of Your Heart|
|11||It Started With a Kiss|
|12||Glory Be to God|
|13||Saturday Night and Sunday Morning|
|14||Charlie Owen's Slide Guitar|
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