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Spring and Fall

Paul Kelly

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Australia's beloved singer/songwriter Paul Kelly has fashioned a song cycle meant to be played from start to finish, like albums such as Van Morrison's Veedon Fleece and John Cale's Paris 1919. It's the story of love in all its different phases; it can be touching or brutal, but it's always honest. It might initially be shocking to hear such a mild-mannered tune as "Someone New" start with the lines "I just want to sleep with someone new/someone I have never met/knowing it's a foolish thing to do." The orchestration builds, and the song turns into a decadent rapture. "Time and Tide" turns a touch fatalistic, with bare instrumentation adding an uneasy sense of tension. "Sometimes My Baby" sings sweetly—complete with jaw harp—until one listens to the nuance in the words. "None of Your Business Now" chronicles the scorched-earth reality after love goes south. This understated, largely acoustic album is yet another fine album from an artist who deserves much greater attention in the States. It's time to play catch-up.

Customer Reviews

Paul and Dan do it again

A solid PK album release, similar in structure of his live A To Z recordings. The more I listen, the more it grows on me. "None of Your Business Now is simply a great song! I love his nephew Dan's chiming guitar on my favorite album track, "Cold As Canada" -this one's destined to be a live favorite. It's right up the with my other PK favorites like "Midnight Rain" and "The Execution".

Spring and Fall

A wonderful song cycle from an amazing singer/songwriter who is mysteriously almost unheard of here in the US--he's got a rowdy side as well (especially on some of his live recordings) but I prefer his more low-key and acoustic vibe which is consistent through this collection--well worth checking out!

A gem - stands out among other albums

Kelly's songs so often tell poignant and original stories, painted broadly enough to be near-universal, but with little specific details that make them artful and more real. This time, the songs not only contain that usual Kelly style, but they also form an over-arching story of a relationship from its first anniversary to its bitter end - and touchingly, a reconciliation of sorts at the end. The musical tone is warm overall, with simple arrangements. And yet, despite the relative lack of peaks and valleys, the songs are distinct, and many of the lyrics are quite memorable. Buy the whole album to get the proper experience, but if you really want to know some stand-out tracks, check out "For the Ages," "Someone New," "I'm on Your Side," "None of Your Business Now," and "Little Aches and Pains."

Biography

Born: January 12, 1955 in Adelaide, South Australia, Austra

Genre: Rock

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

Songwriter singer Paul Kelly captures Australia in his songs the way Bruce Springsteen or Ray Davies of the Kinks have encapsulated their homelands, and he does it with the musical energy and diversity of Elvis Costello. The sixth of nine children, Kelly was born in Adelaide in 1955. After school he wandered around Australian for a few years, working odd jobs, writing poetry, and thinking about a career as a short story writer. Somewhere along the line, already in his late teens, he picked up a guitar....
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