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Good Feeling... Great album,
This review is from: Good Feeling (Audio CD)
I've had a promo of the album for quite a few weeks now and most of the songs have become firm favourites.
The title track kicks things off in style, a slice of mid-tempo, blue-eyed soul which is classic Carrack.
'Marmalade Moon' continues in very much the same groove and is written with ex-Squeeze member and Paul's good friend, Chris Difford.
The third track, 'Nothing Without You' is very reminiscent of 'If I Didn't Love You' from 2008's 'I Know That Name' if a little more up-tempo.
After the slight disappointment of track 3, the album really ups the ante with 'I Can Hear Ray', Paul's homage to Ray Charles and
for me, one of the best Paul Carrack songs to date. Track 5 is 'Long Ago', the first true ballad of the album and is pure nostalgia
as Paul looks back on past events from his life. 'Make It Right' is written by Tinlin who Paul's son Charlie occasionally plays drums for
and who presumably brought this song to his attention, I'm so glad he did as it's among the best tracks on this or any other Carrack album.
'If I Should Fall Behind' is a relatively faithful cover of the classic Springsteen track and sounds great in Paul's capable hands.
'From Now On' revisits a Nick Lowe composition from Paul's second solo album, 1982's 'Suburban Voodoo' although this version is totally reworked and hardly recognisable.
'I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love' sticks to what Paul's good at, a mid-tempo groove with his trademark Hammond organ at its heart.
'Time To Move On' continues the vibe of the opening tracks with a strong Northern Soul feel.
'When My Little Girl Is Smiling' was released as a recent radio single and is an up-tempo cover of the Gerry Goffin & Carole King track.
'A Child Is Born' is a ballad which slows things down to close the album.
The album has a really organic feel, much less 'shiny' than 'I Know That Name - Ultimate Version' (his last studio album other than 2010's 'A Different Hat'
which was recorded with a full orchestra). This may be due to the new Mix Engineer, Rupert Cobb but whatever the reason, it sounds great and has a classic soul feel throughout.
'A Different Hat' was always going to be a difficult album to follow having been recorded with the RPO and simply oozing quality
but in terms of what I'd describe as 'proper' PC albums, this is certainly up there with his best and is an excellent album from an artist that, like a fine wine, is improving with age.
A documentary on Paul, 'The Man With The Golden Voice' featuring interviews with Timothy B Schmit, Mike Rutherford and Nick Lowe will be aired on Friday, 12th October 2012 at 9pm on BBC 4 TV.