Sunday, January 18, 2015

CD Review: Paul Kelly Takes On A Little Bit Of Soul During The "Merri Sessions"

Acclaimed Australian singer/songwriter Paul Kelly is riding the high of a revival of his music. After a five years absence to right his memoir, Kelly returned in 2014 with some of the most powerful music of his career with "Spring And Fall" which debuted at #8 on the Australian Music Chart and reminded critics as to how good of a songwriter he was.

This year, Paul Kelly returns with a new album entitled "The Merri Soul Sessions." It will be released on January 27th through PledgeMusic and was recorded live in the studio between February 17 - March 1 of 2014. The eleven-song album features some of Kelly's past accomplishments along with three never before released songs. The major difference with this latest release is that Paul Kelly's voice only appears on three of the songs. Instead he enlisted the amazing vocals of Linda Bull, Vika Bull, Clairy Browne and Kira Puru to give his songs a different appeal. The album's lead-off single "Keep On Coming Back For More" is an up-tempo soul/blues number as Browne's vocals just explode with confidence. Fans of Kelly's music will find comfort in the acoustic folk/rock of "Righteous Woman" as Kelly performs in familiar territory. The slow dark blues of "I Don't Know What I'd Do" is perfectly portrayed by Kira Puru's vocals as you are instantly lost in the storied lyrics. The album finishes up with the Bull sisters dueting on the country-folk ballad "Down On The Jetty" and the light-hearted, upbeat rhythm of "Hasn't It Rained." Paul Kelly is touring his "Merri Soul Sessions" band around Australia for the next two months. To find out more about the album, please visit paulkelly.com.au.

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