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From angst to anger to religion in three albums,
This review is from: Amen (Audio CD)
It's clear that Paula Cole has found a new focus with the release of her third elpee, 'Amen'. Even the name has changed; this time around the record is credited to the 'Paula Cole Band'. And whilst Paula's strong sense of melodicism remains, the passion that informed her songwriting and even her delivery seems to have vanished. It seems cruel to attribute this to the new sense of optimism in her work, or references to God, but can these things really be mutually exclusive?
At any rate, much of 'Amen' just isn't very good. While 'I Believe in Love' is joyous (think 'Happy Home' or 'Oh John' on 'Harbinger'), much of the rest is average at best. And the overall quality of the lyrics is nothing like the radically high standard of much of her previous album 'This Fire'. Ultimately, if this was a release by a new artist it would merit a "promising" type response. But as the weakest moment in an otherwise distinguished career, it might, I suggest, be time for a rethink.