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Nothing But A Dream [Extra tracks]

Paul Kelly Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (30 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • ASIN: B00005NHHQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,408 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. If I could start today again
2. Change your mind
3. Midnight rain
4. I close my eyes and think of you
5. Somewhere in the city
6. Just about to break
7. Love is the law
8. The pretty place
9. I wasted time
10. Would you be my friend?
11. Smoke under the bridge

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Nothing But a Dream is the first of Paul Kelly's many albums which does not contain any of the explicit--or even obscure--references to Australia that characterise his work. It is unlikely that this represents any sort of career move on Kelly's part--he has been doing things his own way too long--but it is nonetheless to be hoped that this album of songs concerned with all the great universal themes (love and the loss of it, life and the dwindling of it) attracts a wider audience to Kelly's astonishing gifts. His peers are the great American populist chroniclers--Springsteen, Dylan, Earle--and his catalogue stands comparison with any of theirs. Kelly's genius is for doing the simple things well. His music is simply arranged, his lyrics are straightforwardly told, and his voice is plaintively honest. What distinguishes him from the world's uncountable legions of dreary, self-obsessed groaners with guitars is his knack for an insidious melody or subtle turn of phrase that ensures the songs last long past their final chord. "If I Could Start Today", "I Wasted Time" and "Close My Eyes" are among the very best things Kelly has written, and those lucky or enlightened enough to know his work well will understand that this is pretty much as good as it gets. --Andrew Mueller

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1. If I Could Start Today Again
2. Change My Mind
3. Midnight Rain
4. I Close My Eyes and Think of You
5. Somewhere in the City
6. Just About to Break
7. Love Is the Law
8. The Pretty Place
9. I Wasted Time
10. Would You Be My Friend
11. Smoke Under the Bridge

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4.0 out of 5 stars Subdued, atmospheric and personal 17 Aug 2001
Format:Audio CD
Paul Kelly's long awaited follow up to his career best WORDS AND MUSIC. Maybe comparable to Neil Young's Silver and Gold. The title gives a hint..nothing but a dream. Mostly acoustic based with some electronics. and when Paul sings "I really love her smile but i sure worry about her soul" in Somewhere in the City it really hits home. I think the Ratbagy and Uncle BIll releases have widened Paul's scope with a lot of different influences now showing in his work.
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... nothing but a great album 29 April 2002
By Nadyne Richmond - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Paul Kelly tells us that he is a legend, not a star. This album goes a long way towards proving that he is a legend, but leaves me wondering why he isn't a star. He is a star in his native Australia. "Songs from the South", his greatest hits compilation, is a multi-platinum album there. But in the States, he barely registers. Americans are missing one of the best living singer-songwriters.
"...nothing but a dream" is Paul Kelly's most recent album. It may also be his most personal album, although he is very quick to direct attention away from his personal life. For example, when he recently performed 'Midnight Rain' on NPR, the interviewer asked him if he could tell her anything about the song. His response? 'The song in the car is real, the rest of it is made up.' This artful dodge of a question is indicative of his worldview: his songs should stand on their own, they tell a universal story that does not apply to just him. Other singer-songwriters strive for this and miss; Paul Kelly delivers on each track.
It is fair to break this album up into quarters, each quarter boasting its own theme. The first three songs discuss love lost. 'Midnight Rain' is an effective evocation of how the memory of a long-time lover sneaks up on you at the most unexpected times, and the strange little memories you keep of that love. The next four songs shift tempo. Although they are not necessarily about love lost, but rather about the transience of love. 'Somewhere in the City', with its driving rhythm, gives us a glimpse of frustration and desire. The next four are about the insistent march of time. The sardonic wit of 'I Wasted Time' helps confront this reality.
The final four songs on the American release of "...nothing but a dream" are not technically a part of the album. They are from the earlier Australia-only EP for "Roll on Summer". Although these tracks break the flow of the album, this is forgiveable for the sardonic wit of 'I Was Hoping You'd Say That' and the dry humour of 'Every F***ing City'. The latter, a laundry list of European cities visited with and without (mostly without) a girl, makes most listeners give a knowing nod at the lyric 'I was hoping that the break would make things go a little better for us / and for a little while it almost did'.
In all, this is a solid album. For an American audience that has not yet heard of Paul Kelly, this is an excellent introduction to his music. For the already established fan, this album continues to show his evolution as a singer-songwriter.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Mixed Bag 21 Feb 2002
By Ben Fitzgerald - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Paul Kelly is one of Australia's greatest singer songwriters. I hesitate to compare his lyrical genius to Dylan, but I'd be heading you in the right direction if I did. Because Kelly has been recording since the 70s, this CD comes up against an appetising feast of previous work and it doesn't quite cut the mustard.
A few cuts on this CD, however, do demonstrate the artistry that has driven Kelly's career. "The Pretty Place" shows his mastery of a simple melody and the poigniancy he can create with a few well chosen words. The opening track, "If I Could Start Again Today", is a fine example of his poetic writing and sometimes unnerving ability to surface emotions the listner may not have been aware of. It also promises a mood and personality that the CD just doesn't deliver.
Kelly's talent is evident and this CD contains the best of his abilities and I'm certainly glad I own it. But for people just discovering Kelly, I would recommend his best of collection, "Songs from the South", which represents the best of his entire career. If you're looking to go a little deeper, try "Words and Music" or "Deeper Water".
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars possibly the world's best songwriter 24 May 2002
By harvey mckinnon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
A few years ago I read a review from a great rock critic. He called Paul Kelly "The world's best songwriter". I picked up my first Kelly album and have gone on to buy every Kelly CD or record I can get my hands on. There is absolutely no one I can listen to as much as Paul Kelly. The variety of styles, the brilliant storytelling and the often hilarious and at times tear-inducing lyrics are a dream - nothing but, in fact. You're So Fine and Roll on Summer are killer songs. But pretty much every song on this CD is wonderful. I just saw him on tour and he's also great live. Every single Australian I meet likes his music. Last summer I met an Australian woman who, when I asked her if she knew his music, said "we love Paul kelly!" and she clasped her hands over her heart as she was enthusing about his music. This CD is a true gem and your life will be richer when you start listening to Paul Kelly's music.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Obscure treasures 28 Nov 2001
By Greg O'Brien - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Paul Kelly tells the story of my life with each new song he makes. I don't know how he's able to paint such clear pictures in my mind using such simple words (except when he speaks in Aussie coloquialisms) but his messages and tales of life go straight to my heart. It's as if he has a copy of my diary or maybe I was Australian in another life but I am one of the lucky few to have uncovered his unusual gift here in America and it saddens me to think that more cannot let his music heal and hearten them. Thank you mate.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Record 26 April 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This record just keeps getting better and better with every listen. Paul Kelly is a clever little fella, with a knack for getting most of his songs stuck in your head at one time or another. He paints such wonderful tapestries with such simple words and comes across as a true blue collar folk hero. My vote for best new record of 2002 (so far).
If I had to compare, I would go with Graham Parker, John Hiatt, Elvis Costello, and Jimmy Buffet.
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