OUT OF THE SUN.
There are traditionally nine Muses, and this is my ninth album, making a total of one hundred and thirty of my songs recorded and released since The Lady in 1984. At one time or another over the past thirty-five years each of the various creative specialities of these celestial ladies has been invoked and, I hope, to some degree expressed. I therefore dedicate my personal ennead to these eternal inspirers of poetry and song.
With a count of sixteen tracks OUT OF THE SUN is the usual eclectic mix; from dry, biting satire (Bad News Boogie) to the world of myth (Stairway and Snow Queen); from hard political comment (Winging Home) to alchemy (Out of the Sun). It weaves through the Blues (Pessimism Blues and Strange Affair) to lyrical romance (Turn to me and The Wind's Harp). And I couldn’t resist including the mischievously un-PC Beachwear Calypso. There’s even an instrumental (Ericusa). Would you be surprised to hear that track 13 (Reflections) is a Spencerian sonnet about the fickleness of mirrors, composed while waiting in the dentist's chair? Probably not!
As ever my acoustic guitar, blues harp and vocals comprise the heart of the album; but the wonder-working production skills, electric guitar, bass and percussion of Ljubo Majstorovic, together with Sandro Friedrich's inspired wind instruments and Chris Leslie's eloquent fiddle ensure that there is always a refreshing variety of mood.
REVIEW - From the Kassel Zeitung by Lüder Kriete
Not only does the Englishman make first-rate music, he also feels completely at home in the disciplines of poetry, painting, yoga and alchemy ..... There are sixteen tracks, which carry the listener along, through over an hour's worth of diverse life situations. All in impressive taste, bringing every possible flavour to the tongue ..... Paul's gift for exquisite observation and description also combines itself with themes which are rare in the world of contemporary popular music: the fate of an Iranian asylum-seeker, Winging Home, or the global financial crisis, Bad News Boogie ..... Here is an album which satisfies by its stylistic individuality. In addition, many will certainly be stimulated to want further experience of Paul Cowlan.
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The following titles are included on this CD.
|Track Title||Sound Bite||Song Lyrics||STRANGE AFFAIR||SNOW QUEEN||NAME OF THE GAME||OUT OF THE SUN||TURN TO ME||PESSIMISM BLUES||ERICUSA||WINGING HOME||CLOSER THAN YOUR BREATHING||STAIRWAY||BAD NEWS BOOGIE||PICTURES IN THE AIR||REFLECTIONS||LEGEND||THE WIND’S HARP||BEACHWEAR CALYPSO|
Ljubo Majstorovic - Guitars, Keyboards and Percussion
Sandro Friedrich - Wind Instruments web site
Chris Leslie - Fiddle web site
Paul F. Cowlan - Guitars, Vocals, Harmonica, slide guitar
All songs by Paul F. Cowlan, together with concept and illustrations
Produced by Ljubo Majstorovic and Paul Cowlan.
Photos by Claudia Brijbag and Harald Neuhaus
Graphics by Thomas Wex web site
OUT OF THE SUN, 2010 Brambus 201057-2
(Total playing time 62.14 minutes)
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