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Nothing/Everything
Paula Kelley
Nothing/Everything
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop
 
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Sometimes delicate, sometimes deliberately frank, but always easy to sing along with, Paula Kelley's songs are full of pure pop magic on her first solo album, Nothing/Everything. Layers of vocals unsullied by artificial ex...  more »

     
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All Artists: Paula Kelley
Title: Nothing/Everything
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Stop, Pop, and Roll
Original Release Date: 7/10/2001
Release Date: 7/10/2001
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop
Style: Indie & Lo-Fi
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 747728871528, 803680494202

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Sometimes delicate, sometimes deliberately frank, but always easy to sing along with, Paula Kelley's songs are full of pure pop magic on her first solo album, Nothing/Everything. Layers of vocals unsullied by artificial extravagances flush out each well-crafted tune. In a sense, Nothing/Everything is a return to the true pop of yesterday with just enough twists to let you know that it didn't come from your parents' record collection. This duality between classic and current pop is clearly evident in the album's dual title tracks, "Nothing" and "Everything." The down-tempo "Nothing" exposes Paula's relationship insecurities as she asks rhetorical questions like, "You say that when we're together that there's nowhere else that you'd rather be/So why when we're together you're never quite with me?" Echoing harmonies enhance each chorus and simple "oohs" and "ahhs" further recall pop's heyday. The faster "Everything" melds rich guitars with a chorus of voices and a touch of percussion. The resulting sound recalls the Carpenters' knack for combining deceptively simple lyrics with a rich melody and texture that helped define 70's pop. It's not until the electric guitars kick in that the listener is brought back to the present. It's a pop music history lesson and Paula's coming out song. "In a way 'Nothing' is the thought that there isn't anything in my way anymore and 'Everything' is seeing that thought through. It's also realizing that the only thing holding me back is -- me," says Paula, "And that's a big thing."

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New surprises from a previous pop favorite.
Benjamin T. Kantor | Boston, MA USA | 02/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I definitely had concerns when Paula Kelley decided to go a different way with her music in terms of using full orchestration and writing lilting ballad-like songs after being so used to her candy pop brilliance with groups like Boy Wonder and the Drop 19s. But Nothing/Everything surprised me and excited me. Paula never abandoned her catches, her hooks, her pop. Rather, she got herself a bigger and haunting and equally as catchy sound without compromising the sweetness that is her really high and really awesome voice."
GREAT pop music
David Pearlman | Arlington, MA United States | 12/20/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Well, what an amazing surprise. I picked up a copy of this
used on the cheap, based only on the pleasant cover...What
an incredible treat. This is a GREAT pop disc.
Pure pop music in a timeless
style. Hooks that stick. Terrific arrangements. Lovely
string arrangements (REAL strings--quite
a shock for a mini-label indie release). If you are a fan of
the timeless pop ether that flows through people like Brian
Wilson Michael Brown (Left Banke) and Aimee Mann you MUST
pick this up.This is a jaw dropper, folks.dap"
Excellent Baroque Pop Rock
David Pearlman | 10/29/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Today's music often lacks intelligence, maturity, and sheer musicality. This album has all of those in spades. A wonderful album for people who like melody and beauty in their music. I discovered this artist by accident but I'm glad I did. Too bad radio doesn't play more songs like the excellent ones on this record (Everything, You Gonna Make It, All Request Hour). For fans of the Beatles, Brian Wilson, and scores of other great bands. You can't go wrong here."