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Such are the times in 2013 that the winner of 1997's Best New Artist GRAMMY®, Paula Cole, opted to fan-finance Raven via a Kickstarter campaign that raised $75,000 for the project. Cole hired co-producer/drummer Ben Wittman, guitarist Kevin Barry, and bassist Tony Levin to fill out her piano and vocal arrangements. With logistics taken care of, Cole concentrated on getting these songs up to her standards. "Life Goes On" brings her career path into perspective by following the trials of a family with much more on the line. "Sorrow-on-the-Hudson," a tale of a failing marriage and a home built for two now serving one, is an intimate piano tune worthy of Joni Mitchell circa Blue to For the Roses. "Eloise" turns to the guitar for a railroad-grooving song that Cole wrote for Solomon Burke; she sings it in a lower-than-usual register to represent a man's point of view. "Secretary" rumbles with an urgency that's met with a stunning climax and catharsis. Though the album is smaller in scope in spots, when Cole needs to expand her vision, everything opens up to great effect. 

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Raven really soars///support this talent!!!

I have had my digital copy of Raven for several weeks now as I supported Paula on Kickstarter and all I can say is I am so very glad I did! Paula has always had one of the best voices in the biz and after a long road of ups and downs she has found it again. Raven is so personal and grows better and better with each listen. 2 songs which have gotten in my head are Strong Beautiful Woman and Why Don't You Go, I can listen to these 2 particular songs over and over again. Eloise is an amazing story of love and love lost set to song. Imaginary Man, Scream, and Red Corsette are all stand outs. I really don't think there is a bad song among the bunch and, yes I am a fan of hers but I am also trying to be unbiased! I am so glad that Paula took the reins on this album, went to her fan base, and made the record she wanted to make......we all only benefit from it. Do yourself a favor get this album and support this amazingly, gifted, singer/songwriter!!!!

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Wow... Raven really is an amazing album!!! Albums like this is what makes music a calling and a gift for artists and fans alike! Your an inspiration!

What a treasure Ms Cole is...

I have seen Paula perform many times and it is a very personal and emotional experience. She really reaches the hearts of her audienace and is so humble and patient with her fans. Raven is an extension of the feelings and melodies that have captured the essence of a song writing genius. I have told her many times that the Cowboys are in Oklahoma and cant wait to see her perform these songs very soon


Born: April 5, 1968 in Rockport, MA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Paula Cole was one of the many female singer/songwriters who rose to prominence in the mid-'90s in the wake of alternative's commercial breakthrough. Drawing heavily from the ethereal, pretty sound of Sarah McLachlan and Tori Amos, she created songs that relied equally on dreamy melodies and poetic, introspective lyrics. Although she continued recording music during the 2000s, Cole's career reached its peak in 1997, when both "I Don't Want to Wait" and "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone" cracked the...
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