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Paul Carrack - Soul Shadows (2016)

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01. Keep On Lovin You
02. Sleep On It
03. Sweet Soul Legacy
04. Let Me Love Again
05. Bet Your Life
06. Too Good To Be True
07. Watching Over Me
08. That's How I Feel
09. Late At Night
10. Say What You Mean
11. Share Your Love With Me

Paul Carrack - lead vocals, keyboards, harmonica, bass, guitars, percussion
Jack Carrack - drums on 1, 2, 4-10; handclaps on 3
Peter Van Hooke - percussion on 1-9; drums on 11; handclaps on 3
Pee Wee Ellis - saxophone on 1, 3, 9, 10
Paul Spong - trumpet on 1, 3, 9
Alistair White - trombone on 1, 3, 9
David Cullen, Richard Niles - orchestration
Everton Nelson - orchestra (leader)

 

Three years after his last collection of original material, Paul Carrack slides back into a comfortable groove with Soul Shadows. Perhaps the groove is a shade too cozy, sometimes drifting so close to the middle of the road it seems to veer toward old-fashioned easy listening, something where it's all surface and gentle vibes. The high-class homespun production doesn't help in this matter: apart from the drums, which are played by his son, Carrack plays every instrument here, so the proceedings are tidy and immaculate, the cleanliness tending to soften the soul. The real human touch comes from Carrack's voice, which is as warm and easy as ever while also benefiting from the gentle assurance of an old master. He never pushes too hard, never gets lazy; he's happy to be easy and if the songs don't necessarily hook, this certainly is a mellow good time. ---Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AllMusic Review

 

Paul Carrack, the hugely respected singer-songwriter who is the voice of many of the landmark British pop songs of the past 40 years, will unveil a stunning new album, Soul Shadows, on January 15, 2016.

The record sees him at the absolute peak of his powers as a vocalist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, and Carrack - who surely deserves the latter-day title of the hardest-working man in showbusiness - will accompany it with his latest, extensive UK tour, to start on January 7th.

Soul Shadows comes in the wake of Carrack's latest sojourn as featured vocalist and keyboard player in Eric Clapton's band for his UK and international tour, the result of their longtime friendship and mutual respect. The new album is the follow-up to 2013's warmly-received Rain Or Shine, which maintained Paul's recurring status as a staple of the BBC Radio 2 playlist.

But where that album contained a mixture of covers and originals, the new set is comprised almost entirely of some of the best songwriting of Carrack's entire career, plus one lovingly-chosen remake: the Bobby 'Blue' Bland gem that was also a major R&B hit for Aretha Franklin, 'Share Your Love With Me.'

Most of the album's instrumentation is by Paul himself, working in his newly-refurbished home studio, with his son Jack once again joining him on drums. "it's not a garage anymore," Carrack laughs. "We got it up and running and a lot of the songs have come from little jams, just me and Jack."

Six of the tracks on Soul Shadows have the addition of a hand-picked string and horn section recorded in the hallowed surroundings of AIR Studios in London. Other highlights will include a new song with lyrics by Paul's longtime friend Chris Difford of Squeeze, 'Bet Your Life,' and a guest appearance by Pee-Wee Ellis, the legendary saxophonist from James Brown's band who played on and co-wrote such greats as 'Cold Sweat' and 'Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud.'

Paul is, of course, the voice of such undisputed classics as Ace's 'How Long,' Squeeze's 'Tempted,' the Mike & the Mechanics anthems 'The Living Years' and 'Over My Shoulder' and many others. He was a distinguished member of all three bands, recorded and toured with countless others including Roxy Music, Ringo Starr, B.B. King, Elton John and the Pretenders, and has had his songs cut by the Eagles, Diana Ross and Tom Jones to name only a few.

As a solo artist, Carrack continues to enhance an illustrious catalogue that stretches back to 1980, and a measure of his standing among legions of fans, the first announcement of the impending release of Soul Shadows had it racing to the top of Amazon's pre-order chart. ---amazon.co.uk

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