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Paul Brill's debut album Halve the Light straddles the line between contemporary folk and adult alternative singer/songwriters, spiked with a hint of alt-country and neo-traditional folk. Thing is, that description makes it sound sort of studied or forced, maybe even a little precious, which this isn't at all. This is a warm, lucid album, with an intimate vibe and songs that are endearingly melodic, while being slyly lyrical — these are nice, low-key songs delivered simply and charmingly, fitting Brill's friendly, unassuming vocals and delivery perfectly. By and large, the livelier numbers stick out the first time through — whether it's the Neil Young-ish crawl of "Maybelline" or the rollicking "Caroline" — but upon further plays, the slow, stately ballads work their way into the consciousness. And that's the thing about Halve the Light — it may not be a knockout upon the first spin, but it's certainly engaging and it's subtly persuasive upon each successive listen. A real nice first effort that whets the appetite for the next record.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

New York native Paul Brill has lived a familiar story within the music business. Learning how having major-label money tossed about under one's nose can be an anchor wrapped around the spirit is part of it, as is learning how to run the business on one's own terms, kicking around Los Angeles with stars in eyes, recording demos, dissolving a promising band, etc. It started for Brill when he moved to Vermont and began writing and performing music, but he only stayed there long enough to hone his chops...
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