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Paul unplugged and intimate
on 19 July 2012
A new collection of song fragments from the former Blue Nile singer, plain simple ballads, primarily Paul's voice and a piano, in some ways very similar to Roddy Frame's acoustic "Surf" album (however Roddy's "Surf" had tons more variety of pace and poise). I say song fragments as there are no choruses, no true melodies, almost a cathartic stream of consciousness mood piece.
You will not be putting many, if any of these on a Blue Nile compilation for the car or your ipod. They stand alone but it's a very one-note album, made for sitting with a glass of whisky in a darkened room late at night in contemplation.
Good to hear Paul's voice again, but it's not essential listening either.
Check a great interview on The Quietus website where Paul describes making the album, the break-up of The Blue Nile and hopes for the future.