I was anxiously awaiting this album as it has been a while since Paulie has put out an album and I was getting a bit testy. The first look through the album musos and producer and the quick notes about the songwriters on the back of the cover and I thought, gees, Paulie, at least you could have got the cream of Australian Country Music to help you out on this album after all of the years that you have put in, instead of this shabby lot….joke. Wow, what a line up…..I don’t think that the Oscars had a line up like this. When I saw Sir Allan’s name, I thought that I would listen to the album before I looked at who wrote what with Paul. I picked the Caswell track….I am getting good at this. I picked the Drew tracks. Matt’s were harder to pick because he mixes it up a lot and he is getting rockier as he matures. It is a little game that I play now, most of the time, I get it right.
I have loved Paulie for a long time, big time. As most people know, I do love a ballad or a slower track best, but when Paulie rocks it out, he still does it with a country twang. He even includes the classic 60’s rock song “The Letter” in the mix, just to test us out. You would think that it was a country song when you hear Paul sing it.
This album definitely has a different sound to it though….I guess with the mixture of influences in the band and in production, it would have to change. It is very slick. It is wonderful to hear the voice of one of my favourite singers on here too, Chris E Thomas. Lots of my country music heroes are on this album, including Shane Nicholson and Matt Scullion and the man himself.
No two songs are the same, he gives us a bit of everything. Matt Fell plays everything bar the chopsticks as well as commanding the ship. He is certainly turning into a legend in Australian music.
Paul is one of the nice guys of country music and he never disappoints. With his rich vocals and his easy and down to earth approach to everything he does makes him present to us another winner.
Today – The print is so small on the album that even with my glasses on, I can’t read the songwriters. However, this is a terrific song and a good way to open an album.
Off the grid: (Paul Costa/Matt Scullion): a rocking, out of here, off the track song.
Best version of me ( Paul Costa/Matt Scullion): The first one that I picked as a Matt Scullion co-write. I can hear him doing a version of it too, even though I suspect it is more a Paul Costa autobiographical number. A beaut song.
4.35 (Again, I can’t read the print) This is one of my favourites on the album. Most people would guess that it would be one of my favourites. Nice and easy, but earthy at the same time.
Whisper in the crowd ( Paul Costa/Drew McAlister) – Paul always features at least one think about this song and this has the Drew sound all over it. An anthem like powerful song.
Charlie’s 28 (Paul Costa/Pete Denahy/Noel Costa) – Cool to see brother Noel as a co-writer on this song. This could get Paul a Golden Guitar nomination in January. It is very Australian.
Devil can wait ( Paul Costa/Matt Scullion) – Lots of cool twangy bits in this one with some nice haunting bv’s by Chris E. A bluesy, wipe the dust off the boots song.
The Letter ( Wayne Carson Thompson) – classic 60’s song turned into a country song. Great cover.
Drive to heaven ( Paul Costa/Matt Scullion) – Paul usually puts a sentimental, tear jerking song on an album. This is the one. I can see this happening in Paul’s family.
Chapter one ( Paul Costa/Allan Caswell) – Caswell is all over this. This is the kind of song that Paulie sings best and definitely my favourite on the album. Another winner, Sir Allan.
Road train ( Paul Costa/Drew McAlister) – A good country rock song. Guitars and drums drive it home. A real head nodding, shoulder shifting, toe tapping son of a gun song.
Gettin’ Bigger (Paul Costa/Matt Scullion) – Another favourite on the album. One that will go well on the radio. Possible shower song contender.
Pete Drummond: Drums
Steve Fearnley – Drums
Glen Hannah – Electric Guitars
Shane Nicholson – Acoustic Guitar and Mandolin
Matt Scullion – Acoustic guitar
Luke Moller – Fiddle
Matt fell – Bass Guitar, Acoustic Guitars, electric guitars, Percussion, Keyboards, Ukulele, Banjo, Drum programming and Backing Vocals
Chris E Thomas – Backing Vocals
Produced, Engineered and Mixed by Matt Fell