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. "Never for Nothing" site.

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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   (CrossRhythms)

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

 

Here are 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.

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HEAVEN

 

While these themed cover songs come from such a wide range that not all will be favourites, Poulton’s re-working is fresh, full of verve – and occasionally miraculous.

 

Poulton is an original. He puts himself completely into whatever he does, and that varies considerably – he has recently written the commentary ‘Genesis for Ordinary People’ (see the review in our books section) and an Exodus follow-up.

 

His hallmarks include integrity, resilient drive and a well-earthed thoughtfulness. Though his budget must be slim, he gets a quality mix on his recordings.

 

The opener “Milky White Way” – a hope-filled piece of musical eschatology that Elvis recorded – and the doo-wop of “I Believe in the Man in the Sky” have definite ‘50s vibe about them.

 

He hits the next decade with “I Say a Little Prayer.” It’s one of two with ex-Reapers vocalist Jeannie Lowe taking lead vocals to add to her harmonies elsewhere. It’s hard for any singer to compete with the classic version we all know, and the standout bits for me are Poulton’s guitar break and tasty bass work.

 

He goes further back with “I Stand Amazed.” Poulton starts his unique sound here – light reggae with plenty of zip – to update the tune’s Sunday school feel. With its almost dub-like sense of space, this is a miraculous transformation that makes me wish he did more production work.

 

Highlights for me are newer works, such as the chilled groove of Tedeschi Trucks’“Midnight in Harlem” and Corinne Bailey Rae’s “Put Your Records On,” where he has another enjoyable guitar break.

 

Even better is his thoroughly enjoyable take on Paul Simon’s “Loves Me Like a Rock.” As good a version as I’ve heard, it includes the original demo’s final verse, which appears neither on Simon’s recording nor even his website’s lyrics page. That shows Poulton’s depth.

 

He poultonises Stuart Townend’s “You are My Anchor,” showing how to get a convincing reggae feel, even when you’re a white man from the English Midlands.

 

At the end, it leaves me ready to hear more  – always a healthy sign – and with that smart, trebly, bubbly guitar groove as a welcome rhythm in my head.

 

Derek Walker (Read the full review at Phantom Tollbooth)

PAUL POULTON PROJECT with JEANNIE : Heaven

 

When I read the press release, I wondered how the album was going to pan out. However, after one listen, I knew that these songs were perfect, given their new arrangements. “Milky White Way” was a million seller, back in 1947. Here, Paul produces a shuffling, gospel number, with a sympathetic guitar solo, thrown in for good measure. “I Say A Little Prayer” is probably my favourite Bacharach and David composition and Jeannie’s lead vocals are spot on. Paul joins her for harmonies and this makes for an excellent sound.

 

There’s a change of sound for “I Stand Amazed.” It’s undeniably got a reggae feel and really brings new life to this classic hymn. I challenge anyone not to smile when listening to “I Believe in the Man in the Sky.” There’s a hypnotising melody and clever use of an organ to carry the song along. Other songs include Corrine Bailey Rae’s “Put Your Records On,” Stuart Townend’s “You Are My Anchor,” and George Harrison’s “Isn’t It a Pity.” I’ve been playing the album for a couple of days now, and it’s giving me a real warmth, even in this cooler weather. Paul rarely disappoints with his releases and this is another musical success.   9/10.

 

"Album Of The Month" 'Never for Nothing' review by Geoff Howlett.