Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Folk, Pop
This '95 follow up to his now impossible-to-find debut is a sure bet for what Paul does best: tell stories with characters and images that fascinate with repeated listening. He has a high, reedy voice, and he's remarkabl... more »
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This '95 follow up to his now impossible-to-find debut is a sure bet for what Paul does best: tell stories with characters and images that fascinate with repeated listening. He has a high, reedy voice, and he's remarkably adept at vocal phrasing. The record has a clean, acoustic folk-rock sound, and when he takes the most chances, as on "King of Seventh Avenue" and "Last at the Table," he's most compelling. "Last Call," on the other hand, is a revelatory moment of simplicity, and helps make this one of the '90s freshest singer-songwriter albums. --Roy Francis Kasten
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The album to buy after the new double-disc "Essentials"
Glenn Case | 10/17/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"So, we discovered Ellis Paul as a result of the Jim Carrey movie, "Me, Myself and Irene".
That movie featured his song, "The World Ain't Slowin' Down" in key moments of the film. My wife Rachael had to know who the song was by, and so we picked up the soundtrack, and after she heard it enough times it was time to pick up the album it came from, "Translucent Soul".
When it turned out that "Translucent Soul" was a great album, it was time to start picking up his other albums one by one. Each new album that came along didn't disappoint, but it was "Stories" that particularly caught my ear.
Ellis Paul is classified as Folk, and while that genre may have a negative connotation with the younger generation, maybe it would be better categorized as "Songs with substance."
Think of Ellis Paul as a Bob Dylanesque style songwriter with a much better singing voice.
I often research albums before I buy them, but Ellis is one of the few artists I can name that will have me buying every new CD before I hear a note of it. He has consistantly been THAT good.
His brand new double-disc "Essentials" is a magnificent starting point for people to hear what he's all about, and if you decide that you are hooked too? I recommend "Stories" next.
I Like This Guy, But......
Todd D. Alt | Ohio | 03/19/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I do like this guy and that is why I bought this CD. I appreciate a guy who trys to make it as a singer-songwriter in this world of sub-par garage bands getting major contracts and videos on MTV. Paul does tell stories and he sticks to his roots. However, I just can't get all excited over his music as a whole package. His structuring of chord progressions, guitarwork, and voice are only adequate as a vehicle for his lyrics. I need more than this to get me to buying more than one CD from any artist. I simply reach the point with every listen where it seems that I am hearing the same song over and over again. I will continue to keep my ears open to him as I do believe he is worth following."