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The forecast is for lots of sunshine
on 25 November 2013
With the success of 2012's Good Feeling and a whole new audience seeking out his music thanks to the recent BBC documentary,
'The Man With The Golden Voice', Paul Carrack has wasted no time releasing this new album.
Fortunately, quality has not suffered and this is another great addition to the Carrack catalogue.
I've had a promo of Rain Or Shine for several weeks now which is why I'm able to review it so soon after the official release date...
The album is effectively one of two parts with 5 new compositions and 5 covers.
The 5 new compositions are all written by Paul and are classic Carrack tracks.
Stepping Stone is a fine Northern-Soul stomper, Hammond organ high in the mix and a great way to kick things off.
That's All That Matters to Me slows things down a little and is Paul's touching reaction to the news that his daughter plans to travel the world for a year;
'If you're alright, that's all that matters to me...'
One In A Million is a mid-tempo ballad and includes real strings via the Stringzilla Orchestra.
Time Waits For No One finds Paul in nostalgic mood although the track is upbeat. Life's Too Short is similar in theme
and you'll probably have heard both if you've caught one of his recent live shows.
For the covers, there's 2 Ray Charles tracks. You Don't Know Me is a faithful interpretation of the classic
and Hard Times finds Paul really letting loose with a great vocal - it's my pick of the 2.
I'm Losing You is a ballad I'm not too familiar with but Paul sings it beautifully, the track again features strings.
In contrast, everyone knows Come Rain or Come Shine and Paul's version (again with strings) is equal to any.
For me however, the standout cover is '(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want To Be Right'. Everyone has their favourite version,
I love Rod Stewart's epic version and Paul's interpretation is right up there with lush orchestration recorded in LA by Richard Niles
(who worked with Ray Charles). My only criticism is I'd have liked another 4 or 5 minutes of it!
Whilst it doesn't quite hit the heights of A Different Hat, it's a very good follow-up to Good Feeling.
With 2 new album in 2 years, Paul Carrack shows no signs of slowing down and with his voice improving album after album, that has to be good news.