Reviews

Words

 

"With every new Paul Poulton Project album it is always interesting to see what direction Paul has decided to take with it."

 

"gospel and funk influences which, although subtle, take the album in a different direction to previous releases."

 

"Paul’s trademarks are still evident and this remains very much in keeping with the overall Paul Poulton Project sound that we have come to know and love." "The stand out song though is “Wade in the Water”, a song that has been a staple of the live set for years and I am so pleased that this has finally been committed to a recording. This version is absolutely sublime and the price of the album is worth it for that song alone."

 

"It would be easy to mention every song in this review as they all have something to offer to this excellent album but I am unfortunately limited by space! All in all, a splendid, accomplished and distinctive album"

 

10/10 Robin Thompson.

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Too Twitchy

 

With a polish and flair that has come to be expected of the Paul Poulton Project, the modern blues vibe of 'Too Twitchy' is effortlessly received. Gracious in its modest simplicity, and engaging in its relevant content, this album was created to strike a chord with anyone and everyone.

 

Its subject matter of the destructive nature of relationships lends itself well to the musical style. This is further enhanced by the counterpoint with the secondary idea of the value of relationships, both with each other and with God. The standout track, which no doubt you'll be hearing on Cross Rhythms Radio before too long, is the engaging "Why Are People Like That?", complete with one of Poulton's typically witty lyrics. This album of 10 well crafted original songs

 

 

Reviewed by James Lidgett

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Too Twitchy

 

It's two years since Paul's last album, 'Looking For Someone to Blame', scored a creditable 8 out of 10 in these hallowed pages. Various tours later, he and the project are back with this new offering. The musical style still has blues influences, but has a very modern sound. The theme of 'Too Twitchy' is "relationships", and Paul works his lyrical magic into some very good songs.

 

He says; "The humour used in 'Coffee And Cake' is a warning firstly about addictions, which are stronger than we think. When life isn't going the way we want, comfort eating is a problem for some people. But of course there are far worse addictions, the addict in the song is a "substance user" and his addiction is spoiling his chances of getting the girl he wants." The band are very tight in their playing, and the opening 'Why' proves that from the very start. 'Lonely' looks at why so many people are lonely, when really, it's so easy get along.

 

Paul, himself, provides some excellent blues guitar on 'I Like You', and this song alone should gain him guaranteed airplay. 'Why Are People Like That?' is the title of a great foot tapper, and again shows Paul's keen observations on life. The Paul Poulton Project never fail to deliver, and this album is first class.

 

9/10 Geoff Howlett

Some People Believe Anything

 

Less than a year since 'Too Twitchy' was released, Paul and the band are back with an album of songs that have something to say about the past, present, and future. You can always guarantee that Paul will come up with some rather interesting subjects to sing about, and this album begins with people telling us what we should want in life, and how having more will make us happy.

 

'Anything' even includes a dig at TV Quiz shows and telephone sales people to get the point across. There's an R'n'B shuffle sound to 'Bad Things People Do', and I smiled as Paul sang about getting used to the fact that people do bad things, but we should learn to forgive them rather than get mad ourselves.

 

Marriage break up's are commonplace in today's society, but 'Don't Break Up' is a message of hope, to couples who may be going through a bad time in their relationship. Musically, the band are as tight as ever with Ross Lander, Aron Bicskey, Nic Burrows and Chris Smith adding to Paul's vocals and guitar playing. 'Here in Heaven' got me thinking 'Pink Floyd' in a 'Dark Side of the Moon' way. The sound really differs from the rest of the album. All songs, but one, have been written by Paul. The exception is a very good 60's beat version of Larry Norman's 'Reader's Digest'. Paul has the knack of writing songs that tell a story, and those stories are all food for thought.

 

9/10   Never For Nothing

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Dumb Dogs

 

I have to confess to have been looking forward to the release of this cd, this being the first that Paul has released with his current band and particularly the superb Joe Blanks on drums. Paul's desire is that this album is a closer representation of their live sound and, having heard them live earlier this year, I think he has managed to achieve that.

 

It has more energy than 2005's "Affected" and coupled with a batch of great songs, it is an excellent album all round. Paul's unique and bold lyrical approach is finely represented on songs such as "Take the Rubbish Out" - the immortal line "my wife is busy looking in the Argos catalogue" makes me chuckle every time - and one has to admire his ability to attempt things lyrically that in the hands of the less experienced would just sound naff. The songs really groove well too, a nice mix of rock, blues and funk topped with Paul's inimitable vocal style.

 

Overall, I have a sense that Paul shows no sign of slowing down and continues to produce music of a quality that we have come to expect. In a market swamped by a lack of imagination and constant regurgitation, the Paul Poulton Project is a refreshing change.

 

9/10 Warren Harry

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The latest album Words has had a couple of reviews on Phantom Tollbooth and in the Church of England Newspaper.

 

Here's a few quotes:

 

"Poulton displays a fascinating bunch of influences."

 

“Get in the Spirit” fully unleashes the funk, lifted by some sauntering synth and given extra soul by the backing vocals."

 

"Best of the lot could be “Get Back Temptation,” a confident performance of a defiant lyric with some tasty guitar licks and a couple of very short guitar solos – which is a shame, as they are full of feeling and could well have been longer."

 

The album has also been voted an “All-Time Favorite” by Midnight Special Blues Radio.