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Satisfy My Soul

Paul Carrack

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Album Review

Englishman Paul Carrack has possessed one of the most familiar voices in pop music since the 1970s. His soulful performances can be heard on hits by Ace ("How Long"), Mike + the Mechanics ("The Living Years," "Silent Running"), and Squeeze (the '80s classic "Tempted"). Carrack has also scored as a solo artist with the hits "Don't Shed a Tear" and "I Live By the Groove." With Satisfy My Soul (2000), Carrack has crafted another collection of melodic pop songs. Though some of the material is weak, his distinctive vocal gifts make even the most mediocre song worth hearing.

There is certainly no shortage of catchy tunes on Satisfy My Soul. Both "My Kind" and the funky "Better Than Nothing" rank as some of Paul Carrack's best material, and "Inspire Me" is a dead ringer for '80s-era Hall & Oates. Satisfy My Soul also includes collaborations with Carrack's former bandmates Chris Difford (Squeeze) and Mike Rutherford (Genesis, Mike + the Mechanics). The title track (written with Difford) is a tuneful, upbeat ballad that sounds similar to Sam Cooke, and "Running Out of Time" (with Rutherford) is an edgy, soulful rocker.

Carrack, who also produced, should be commended for his straightforward approach on Satisfy My Soul. Instead of resorting to pretentious production techniques and overblown arrangements in an attempt to sound contemporary, Carrack keeps things simple, wisely allowing his vocals to take center stage. While the melodies remain strong for the most part, some of the material suffers from trite lyrics ("She's my girl/Any fool can see," from "My Kind"). However, Carrack more than compensates for the clichés with his superb vocal performances; he sounds just as good here as he did on "Tempted" almost 20 years earlier.

Satisfy My Soul was released in an era when disposable, over-produced pop ruled the airwaves. The album certainly won't sell as many copies as Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears albums did at the turn of the millennium, but Carrack has proven for decades he is a true pop craftsman. Satisfy My Soul is further evidence of Paul Carrack's ability to remain an engaging, solid performer, even when the music business is dominated by fads and marketing gimmicks. [The Holland edition appends three bonus tracks: "Eyes of Blue," "Silent Runnings," and "Bring on Home to Me"]

Customer Reviews

Carrack Rocks

As a relative old-timer, long ago I acquired a strong appreciation for Boz Scaggs, Hall & Oates and Boby Caldwell. How I missed Carrack, I don't know, but once I heard him about a year ago, I had to have all of his music. While I like every cut on this album, I'm especially fond of Silent Running and The Only One. His vocals are pure and demand attention.

New Fan

I JUST found Paul Carrack while looking for "Silent Running". I am so happy to have found him!!! I've bought several songs from his albums, and love them all. For some reason, the only version of"Silent Running" is not the radio version, which takes some getting used to, but it's great, with some super instrumental additions. I also love "Where Would I Be Without You" and "Crazy Love". I regret that it took me this long to find such great songs and such a fantastic talent, but you can bet I'll be listening to these songs often and for a long time.

Biography

Born: April 22, 1951 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Paul Carrack was pop music's ultimate journeyman. A vocalist and keyboardist who enjoyed considerable success over the course of his lengthy career while in the service of bands ranging from Ace to Squeeze to Mike + the Mechanics, his finest work often came at the expense of his own identity as a performer; indeed, of the many big hits on which the unassuming singer was prominently featured, only one, 1987's "Don't Shed a Tear," bore his own name. Carrack was born April 22, 1951, in Sheffield, England;...
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