Alternative music reviews

September 16, 2006

They’ve Got Nothing On You by Paul Wilkes

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Paul WilkesI seem to be reviewing a lot of stuff that isn’t quite my Indie sort of thing. I might be wrong but I think I did get sent his last EP but didn’t review it.

It sounds like Paul Wilkes is rooted in a mixture of Folk and Pop. It does mean that I will find it hard to make comparisons (was the main man of Prefab Sprout in this sort of area? I never took much notice). But this EP does attract me because of the quietness and gentleness of the songs. Musically there is much similarity with Alt-Country – less of a Country swing but the guitar would grace any of a number of bands of that genre. These are honest songs of the singer/songwriter type. You know they are going to be earnest and heartfelt (why is that so untrendy?) and they are beautifully constructed and played.

As I listen repeatedly to the EP, I realise that this is Americana even if it is played by an Englishman. The slide guitar, the acoustic guitar motifs and harmonica on In The End tell me this. It has all of the elements of music I love and I do admire all of the musicianship and craft that has gone into, but even so, none of the songs speaks to me lyrically. Too much introspection for me and it hasn’t reached out beyond it’s own world despite all of the talent it displays.

Paul Wilkes

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