Paul Kelly - "Ways & Means" (Cooking Vinyl ) 16/02/04 - Album Review

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Paul Kelly; “Ways & Means” (Cooking Vinyl ) 16/02/04 - Album Review

Paul Kelly
Ways & Means
(Cooking Vinyl ) 16/02/04

It only takes a glance at the reverse of the album cover to tell that Paul Kelly is from the old school of thinking, none of these nine track albums because your material is shallower than a politician’s promise that are polluting the industry these days . Two discs containing 21 tracks that explores all angles of the theme of love more comprehensively than an Anthropology student’s dissertation. Opening track the instrumental

Music - Paul Kelly; “Ways & Means” (Cooking Vinyl ) 16/02/04 - Single Review

‘Gunnamatta’ will have you stomping down the street like a Country & Western star determined to win the heart of an unrequited love. The C & W genre is the most adhered to one on this sometimes tender sometimes cynical album. Some of the slower tracks like ‘Your Lovin’ Is On My Mind’ is instrumentally very similar to the heart felt ‘Leizah’ on the ‘Magic & Medicine’ album from the promising Wirral band ‘The Coral’.

The typical narrative style of the C & W genre appears on the insightful and cynical ‘Young Lovers’, whereby the colourful Mr.Kelly poignantly points out that everyone was a young lover once. The influence of John Cash and Bob Dylan is prevalent in the slow and thoughtful tracks ‘You Broke A Beautiful Thing’ and ‘To Be Good Takes A Long Time’, in which the titles reallydo tell all. “Ways & Means” is Paul’s ninth studio album since 1985. The honesty and tenderness exuded by this Antipodean songster is captivating enough on record, so what he will be like on his up and coming UK tour? Is a prospect to drool over, as the venues will probably see a hall of people more captivated than an infant witnessing his/her first snowfall?

Details of Paul Kelly’s upcoming UK tour:

18-Feb-04 London UK Shepherds Bush Empire Tel: 0870 771 20000
19-Feb-04 Southampton UK Talking Heads Tel; 02380 678446
21-Feb-04 Nottingham UK Rescue Rooms Tel; 0115 9588484
22-Feb-04 Manchester UK Academy 2 Tel; 0161 832111
23-Feb-04 Newcastle UK The Tyne Free Admission
24-Feb-04 Glasgow UK King Tuts Wah Wah Hut Tel; 0141 2215279
25-Feb-04 Birmingham UK Academy Tel; 0870 771 2000
26-Feb-04 Liverpool UK Academy Tel; 0151 709 9108
27-Feb-04 Dublin Ireland The Village
28-Feb-04 Cork Ireland The Half Moon Theatre

David Adair


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