Courage

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Once ubiquitous, as her "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone" was a staple on adult alternative radio and "I Don't Wanna Wait" served as the soundtrack to turn of the millennium teen soap Dawson's Creek, Paula Cole suddenly disappeared after her third album, Amen, failed to live up to the commercial expectations set by her 1996 breakthrough, This Fire. Throughout the 2000s she stayed quiet, raising her newborn daughter as she worked toward reviving her muse, eventually resurfacing in 2007 -- a decade after the peak of her popularity -- with Courage, her first album for Decca and her first album in eight years. Immediately, it's apparent that this is worlds away from...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Once ubiquitous, as her "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone" was a staple on adult alternative radio and "I Don't Wanna Wait" served as the soundtrack to turn of the millennium teen soap Dawson's Creek, Paula Cole suddenly disappeared after her third album, Amen, failed to live up to the commercial expectations set by her 1996 breakthrough, This Fire. Throughout the 2000s she stayed quiet, raising her newborn daughter as she worked toward reviving her muse, eventually resurfacing in 2007 -- a decade after the peak of her popularity -- with Courage, her first album for Decca and her first album in eight years. Immediately, it's apparent that this is worlds away from the stylized worldbeat and vague electronica leanings of Amen, never sounding as self-consciously restless as that album. Not that Cole has abandoned her refined eclecticism -- she dabbles in gentle bossa nova beats on "Hard to Be Soft," duetting with Brazilian singer Ivan Lins -- but never once does Cole sound as strained in incorporating hip-hop beats and electronic textures as she did on Amen. Instead, she sounds relaxed as she eases into a subdued collection of songs jazzy enough to justify Herbie Hancock's cameo on "Lonely Town." Such casual sophistication reigns here, but Courage doesn't sound like a clean break from her past, or a contrived attempt to refashion herself for Norah Jones' audience; the opening "Comin' Down" and the Patrick Leonard collaboration "14" sound like This Fire, only a little more settled yet managing to sidestep slickness while emphasizing her gentle, insinuating melodies. While Courage may stray into sleepiness on the ballads, it nevertheless always flows naturally even at its slowest moments and that comfortable feel is the most appealing thing about the record, since it's evident in the unhurried songs and the unstrained performances. It may be low-key, but Courage certainly qualifies as a successful comeback from a singer/songwriter who had seemed lost to the Lilith Fair era.
Philadelphia Inquirer - Nicole Pensiero
1/2 An introspective CD that confirms [Cole's] talent as a singer, songwriter and pianist.... It's a disarmingly stellar return.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/12/2007
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 602517190603
  • Catalog Number: 000829202
  • Sales rank: 89,380

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Comin' Down (4:01)
  2. 2 Lovelight (4:57)
  3. 3 El Greco (4:40)
  4. 4 Lonelytown (4:40)
  5. 5 14 (3:38)
  6. 6 Hard to Be Soft (4:53)
  7. 7 It's My Life (5:31)
  8. 8 Safe in Your Arms (4:56)
  9. 9 I Wanna Kiss You (5:05)
  10. 10 In Our Dreams (4:17)
  11. 11 Until I Met You (5:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paula Cole Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals, Hand Clapping
Ivan Lins Vocals
Billy Childs Piano
Herbie Hancock Piano
Steve Khan Guitar
Jeremy Lubbock Conductor
Jeff Lorber Organ, Keyboards
David Foster Piano
Hassan Hakmoun Sentir
Chris Botti Trumpet
Chris Bruce Guitar
Paul Buchanan Vocals
Mark Goldenberg Guitar, Keyboards
Melissa "Missy" Hasin Strings
Billy Kilson Drums
Gina Kronstadt Strings, Concert Master
Greg Leisz Pedal Steel Guitar
Tony Levin Bass
Dean Parks Dulcimer, Guitar
David Piltch Bass
Jamshied Sharifi Keyboards
David Stenske Strings
Ian Walker Bass
Shari Zippert Strings
Jay Bellerose Percussion, Drums
Susan Chatman Strings
Edmund Stein Strings
Brahim Fribgane Percussion
Tim Christensen Strings
Billy Childs Trio Piano, fender rhodes
Rudolph Stein Strings
Caroline Buckman Strings
David Palmer Piano, Keyboards, Melodica
Peter Bernstein Conductor
J'Anna Jacoby Strings
Jimmy Johnson Bass
Technical Credits
Jeremy Lubbock Arranger, Composer
Jeff Lorber Arranger, Composer, Engineer
Hassan Hakmoun Composer
Paula Cole Composer
Bobby Colomby Producer, Audio Production
James Farber Engineer
Mark Goldenberg Composer
Kevin Killen Engineer
Patrick Leonard Composer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Dean Parks Composer, Engineer
Greg Phillinganes Composer
Al Schmitt Engineer
Andy Snitzer Digital Editing
Todd Whitelock Engineer
Steve Genewick Engineer
Pat Barry Art Direction
Fredrik Sarhagen Engineer
Pablo Munguia Engineer
Kathleen Robertson String Contractor
Bill Airey Smith Engineer
Peter Bernstein Arranger, String Arrangements, String Conductor
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