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Oh What a World
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
Singer-songwriter Paul Brady has penned tunes for everyone from Tina Turner to Santana to Art Garfunkel. For Oh What a World he has compiled a new set of songs, mostly cowritten with songwriters he has met in his travels a... more »
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Singer-songwriter Paul Brady has penned tunes for everyone from Tina Turner to Santana to Art Garfunkel. For Oh What a World he has compiled a new set of songs, mostly cowritten with songwriters he has met in his travels around the globe (including the pop icon Carole King). Cheap technology has allowed many artists to create slick packages on their own, but Brady's sophisticated home-studio production works best on the songs that have a live feel, like "Travellin' Light," the gospel-tinged "Try Me One More Time," and the title tune. The more programmed and sequenced arrangements might suit some of the artists who have covered him, but the warmth of Brady's own rough-hewn, lived-in voice sounds best when he takes less of a pop approach. By combining it with real drums and a more organic style, he lends his simple love lyrics an eternal folk quality. --Michael Ross
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I can't get enough of this cd!!!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have been a Paul Brady fan for quite sometime. I've loved just about every avenue his music has taken. 'Oh What A World' is an incredible addition to my collection. My personal favorites on this cd are 'Oh What A World','I Believe in Magic'and 'Travellin' Light.' The driving guitar beat on 'Travellin' Light' is perfect for words like 'Rusted wreck by the roadside/And it ain't goin' nowhere/Too much like my life/I wanna get outa here.' You get the sense that he really does want to get out of there. 'Oh What A World' causes me to tap my feet, sway my head and join in when I don't even realize I'm doing it.His voice is in tip-top form and these songs simply make ya feel good. When I hear it I want to hop in my car and head out across a long highway out west on a sunny day and see where it takes me. I became a PB fan from listening to Bonnie Raitt's Grammy winning 'Luck of the Draw' album for which he wrote the title track and I was a complete convert. He is one of the most sophisticated and lyrically solid artists that I've ever listened to. His sense of melody is always so perfect (on ballads and up-tempos) and he writes mature songs. His previous albums are great too. If you're looking for a fantastic addition to your Paul Brady collection or if you are interested in discovering an absolute master of 'tunesmithing', you've got to check out 'Oh What A World'. You won't be sorry!"
Try Me One More Time.
Jason Stein | San Diego, CA United States | 03/09/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I am a long time Paul Brady fan owning all of his solo cds from 1981's "Hard Station" up to his new release "Oh What A World". Brady is master of adult contemporary music but his latest effort, even with the help of many co-writers, falls short. It's a good cd, but I can't help but think about one of Brady's better efforts, 1991's "Trick Or Treat". On "Oh What A World" Brady explores his usual territory of relationships and love with a keen eye as always. The music is what hinders this disc. Some of the songs pass by without being memorable, others, like "Oh What A World" and "The Law Of Love" are great numbers. Overall, this cd is solid, just not all that interesting or memorable. If you are a Brady fan, it's worth buying."
Ever Have a CD You Play Over and Over?
Jeffrey Weeks | Chamblee, GA USA | 09/05/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I ordered a copy of this CD after listening to it on Accuradio's Celtic Fusion channel.
I must say that I knew of Paul Brady, but had never heard him sing. One night I hear this Long Goodbye song. The next night I put on the Celtic stuff to see if I can hear it again. No, but Oh What a World. I think, I really like this stuff. I have some books to order after their publication, so I order this CD at the same time. After 10 days I finally took the CD out of the player in the car. (Only because I was going to be in the house for a long period of time.)
I don't know if I'm nostalgic for pop music of my generation, or if this CD was the sine qua non of Brady's work, but I can't say enough about the arrangements and the music.
This isn't really Celtic music, but I'm sure glad for globalization in this case. What a world indeed."