"Gold In A Muddy River" - Paul Joses
- featured artist:Ian Melrose, Dagobert Böhm, Jens Kommnick
- release year:2002
- country:United Kingdom
- CD (Compact Disc)
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Another highly musical album from Ozella Music, and again it's a winner! Paul Joses is one of those singer/songwriters whose music spans folk, blues and a little country and jazz. Vocally, he reminded of those white blues/soul singers that were the rage back in the 80's - think Jim Diamond with humanity and wit and you'll be there. Plus there's a touch of the Celt to this music... The thirteen tracks here share a common high standard, from Hello to Mist On The Moor they pretty much all share a low key acoustic backing provided by the largish group of musicians. Mind you, their support is so restrained that you'd be hard pressed to count all nine musicians here. The songs themselves are very spacious and almost all seem to have an underlying wistfulness and chronicle the fragility of relationships. The songwriter as craftsman has been relegated by popular taste to the backwaters in recent years, to be replaced by manufactured boy/girl bands and soloists spewing out the third rate product of profit-concious producers. Thankfully there are still craftsmen like Paul Joses out there plying their trade and [hopefully] surviving. Buy this and you're listening to quality music. "
John M. Peters the boarderland