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Spring & Fall

Paul Kelly Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (6 Nov 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B009A9EXSM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,538 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Spring and Fall are not merely seasons providing the bookends for Paul Kelly's 2012 song cycle, but mirrors of the emotions of falling in and out of love. And that is Kelly's subject on Spring and Fall, his first album in five years and an understated, delicate work that doesn't demand attention so much as require it. Kelly's songs aren't difficult to parse but they're quiet, drawing a listener into his swaying chords and lilting melodies. At this stage, with 30 years of records underneath his belt, Kelly is certainly an old hand at songcraft, and Spring and Fall illustrates this in the best possible sense, its 11 songs containing nary an ounce of fat, unfolding unhurriedly and sounding better as their intricacies become familiar. This is as true of the melodies, whose relaxed gait turns reassuring, as it is of the words, which detail the rise and fall of a romance. There is plenty of warmth here but there's also a sweetly melancholy undertow, which isn't alienating, it's comforting. Spring and Fall is a record for heartaches and healing, another understated gem from a singer/songwriter whose catalog is littered with them.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the wait. 17 Nov 2012
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The unusually long four year wait for new Paul Kelly material is at last over. 'Spring and Fall' turns out to be well worth the wait although, as a fan of some twenty odd years standing, the lyrical quality and and the production were never ever going to be in doubt. 'Spring and Fall' is a thing of absolute beauty, silky smooth and a joy to absorb. Mr Kelly's well documented trait for writing from a woman's perspective is exquisitely highlighted on track two with a well observed reversal of Percy Sledge's 'When a man loves a woman'; Kelly's take being 'When a woman loves a man'.
The last track (quoted) on the album delights in standing a number of oft voiced adages on their heads; a Paul Kelly album wouldn't be right without a dash of mischievous humour. I look forward to witnessing this collection of songs live on the next U K tour. If I could give 'Spring and Fall' more than five stars I would do so willingly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 22 July 2013
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Really really good fast delivery and an awesome cd i'm very satisfied with it and i play it on repeat all day long.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Mature, Well Crafted Album 18 Nov 2012
By Dennis Petticoffer - Published on Amazon.com
Kelly's first album in five years is a simple, but lovely song cycle, tracing the vicissitudes of a love relationship from initial passion to eventual loss and regret. It's a bittersweet work of subtle genius, sparely (but effectively) backed with a violin here, a plaintive harmonica there, against prevailing acoustic instrumentation. The album opens with a song borrowing words from poet John Donne ("To His Mistress Going to Bed") and gradually reveals the erosion of what was once a strong bond. Much like the recent work of Bob Dylan, Kelly's songs reveal the craftsmanship of a mature artist using wisdom to get his point across, not having to resort to the flashier music and lyrics of his past. "Spring and Fall" is worth hearing by anyone who admires well-crafted songs embodying authentic emotion and insight into the human condition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paul Kelly just gets better 30 Dec 2012
By Mel R. Scurbica - Published on Amazon.com
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The quality of Paul Kelly's music is always high, but with Spring & Fall, you can see a leap that I'll reluctantly call maturation. It's like the difference between drinking a good whiskey and a 30-year-old single malt Scotch. I don't usually give anything a 5-star review but this is one of those rare instances.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paul Kelly does it again 2 Jan 2013
By Rick - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a big call but this is possible Kelly's best album to date.Full of wonderful songs and brilliant lyrics not much more needs to be said! Highlights are definitely "For the Ages","New FoundYear" and "I'm on your side". But they are all goodies. Rick Drewer Adelaide South Australia
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, Intimate, and Full Of Surprises 10 Feb 2013
By Neal T. Fenton - Published on Amazon.com
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Following his stripped down How To Make Gravy (The A-Z Recordings) with this lyrically mature, musically sophisticated, truly lovely album, Paul Kelly continues to add to his great legacy. Like fine wine, he shows that one can subtly shift gears and yet remain experimental. Beginning with New Found Year, in which he declares his love anew with language that is seemingly simple yet not the least, much of the album touches upon themes of intimacy, love, and faith. You will find much of Paul's expected sharp twists and turns in which he seems to shift gears mid song, making a characters declaration of commitment both a promise and an uncertainty. Listen to I'm Gonna Be Good, which doesn't have much wordplay, in fact, it follows a sing song-y children's rhyme approach and is song with such cheer that you might miss that the protagonist is trying to convince himself as well as the world that he means what he is saying. He may have his fingers crossed behind his back, but he's trying.

You can listen to the album as one complete story or take it apart song by song. Either way, it will resonate long after each listen. Cold As Canada, with it's slow churning lyric, and description of a woman leaving a man, is particularly haunting.

I suggest one wait for the bonus song about a minute of so after the last song ends. It's quite a little gem.

I am confounded as to how this songwriter has not attained greater popularity here in the states. He's a bit of a legend in Australia where he is considered by many to be it's poet laureate.
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic! 20 Sep 2013
By Peta - Published on Amazon.com
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His lyrics and melodies just rip your heart out and reassemble with more humanity. Another classic. How does he do it?
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