CD REVIEW: Paul Coelho Self-titled album

Born in England, it was easy for Paul Coelho to find himself attached to the likes of David Bowie and The Beatles. From them he not only found his love of sound, but an appreciation for lyricism. Over the years he’s grown into a talented songwriter with solid, meaningful and catchy music songs that he has put his own voice to, but would rather have others take on as their own. A songwriter first and foremost, Paul Coelho has a cascade of songs ready for other artists to adopt as their own. His goal is to make a career out of writing for others. A songwriter first and foremost.

You can skip around on the tracks at the Paul Coelho website and order the ones you like. “Sometimes” is the first track, and it has a familiar ring to it that you can’t quite put your finger on. It sounds like a cross between the Beatles and Electric Light Orchestra through most of it. The drums are the biggest giveaway about that because it sounds like both Ringo Starr and Bev Bevan. This track also sounds like a lot of the stuff later bands with strong Beatles influences would do. Band like Tears For Fears and later Oasis. That’s the best analogy I can use to describe this very good cut.

“Smile” is one of those happy songs about getting back together and talking about memories and telling each other stories. It’s well-written but only shows a glimpse into what Paul Coelho can do. The keys come alive and show you where that is going, if that’s any indication, and the result is excellent as it carries the song and holds it together. “First Love” sounds like jug music meets the dancefloor. Like going from the beach into the club doors and sweating the night away. It also has an industrial vibe about it, so there’s a lot to like about it. Especially if you’re an eighties music lover.

With “Lonely” being the following number, it brings the tempo down and the subject down too. This might be one best suited for another artist to fit his goal of that nature. This is somewhat robotic and pedestrian but contains some big sounding parts. But it makes way for the best one of them all, “Lucky Man.” This is the most interesting, enjoyable and satisfying number to be heard so far. And at first it deceives you with a deadpan verse before the energy picks up and becomes a killer track. I love hoe it goes from totally serious to playful bouts of laughter, and back to the point. The keyboard is heavily featured.

“Stars” is the story about bankers and their greed, a subject that hasn’t exactly been ignored in recent times with everyone seeming to go through debt somehow. This is a song about it worth hearing, with some incendiary guitar work on what is also the best sounding and overall the most pleasing after the previous track. And that leaves another track called “Hindsight” about another relationship gone bad that we try to get to work but just don’t find the chemistry to make it. He came through with one of the smoothest track in this, with yet another magnificent keyboard solo. All worth checking out.

by Kevin Webber

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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