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A Good Feeling about this album,
This review is from: Good Feeling (Audio CD)
After the musical detour of Paul`s last release `A Different Hat`, I guess this album could be classed as his `proper` follow-up to the excellent `I Know That Name`.
Following such a superb album was always going to be a hard act, I ordered an advanced copy of this new release direct from Paul`s own website, so how does this latest offering fare?
The album kicks off in great style with the title track `Good Feelin` About It`, sounding like an old northern soul classic, it`s an infectious song that will immediately become a favorite. The tempo continues with the oddly titled `Marmalade Moon`, driven along by a brass/sax section and you can almost feel the enjoyment that went into making these songs.
`Nothing Without You` has a funkier twist, with some Hammond licks that cannot fail to carry the listener along with its soulful beat.
The first ballad of the album, `I Can Hear Ray`, is pure class. A gorgeous, chilled out, smooth-as-silk, soul tune that showcases Mr. Carrack at his very best. It has no peers here and is the albums best track.
`Long Ago` is another top-drawer ballad. It`s a beautiful, nostalgic, looking-back song that would be a stand-out track on any previous album and is up there with any of Paul`s best material.
`Make It Right` (written by the Tinlin Brothers who have supported Paul on tour) has shades of Stevie Wonder running through it, and Paul illustrates the songs` pedigree so well that the great Motown man himself would be proud to call it his own.
After so many peaks, the album hits an inevitable flat spot as Paul goes into cruise control, starting with a cover of Springsteen`s `If I Should Fall Behind`. A good effort (though personally Faith Hill has the definitive version of this song) and this is followed by a reworking of one of Paul`s own songs `From Now On`. Long term fans will recognize this from many years ago and this slowed down and stripped back version sits in nicely with the albums feel but one can`t help but wonder why it merits inclusion here.
Then the groove kicks in again and we`re back into action with `I Don`t Wanna Lose Your Love`. This track could easily have been lifted off (or spilled over) from the aforementioned brilliance of the `I Know That Name` album and that really says it all about how good this track is. Classic Carrack.
`Time To Move On` has all the hallmarks of a soul classic from the glory days of the Stax label and by now you`re admiring the high consistency of great songwriting on this album.
Next comes another cover, this time the sixties hit `When My Little Girl Is Smiling`. Paul successfully covered `When You Walk In The Room` in the eighties and it`s still a crowd favorite. This song, surprisingly, has a very similar riff to it. It`s another solid cover and one can almost see a sixties medley becoming a part of his concert setlist.
It closes strangely, with the slowest track `A Child Is Born`, a self-explanatory sweet ballad that would feels more at home on the `A Different Hat` album. Maybe switching this with the majestic `Long Ago` in the playing order would have made the songs flow better? (just my opinion)
So docked one star for the inclusion of cover and reworked songs which you feel have taken the place of possibly more, newly written songs, all of which are excellent on this album. Also, at only twelve tracks, you`re left feeling a little short changed, and wish more tracks could have been included. This, of course, can also be classed as a good sign!
As always, a vastly under-rated and greatly overlooked artist whose recognition and reward as one of the best soul singers this country has produced is long overdue. This album only continues to underline that point. Buy it.
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Initial post: 5 Oct 2012 21:24:02 BDT
Last edited by the author on 5 Oct 2012 21:24:46 BDT
I find it very difficult to believe that Tinlin have produced anything worth buying, shall hold judgement on this album until it has been assessed by a few more people.
Shall invest in Mr Lynne in the meantime ;-))
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