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On her first album in eight years, Paula Cole is joined by the legendary Herbie Hancock on the haunting "Lonelytown” and superproducer David Foster, who takes a turn as pianist on “In Our Dreams.”
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 ...
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On her first album in eight years, Paula Cole is joined by the legendary Herbie Hancock on the haunting "Lonelytown” and superproducer David Foster, who takes a turn as pianist on “In Our Dreams.”
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. [A Barnes & Noble Exclusive was also released.]
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.

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: 602517332799
  • Catalog Number: 000893402

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 (5:07)
  12. 12 Hero's History (4:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paula Cole Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals, Hand Clapping
Ivan Lins Vocals
Herbie Hancock Piano
Steve Khan Guitar
Jeremy Lubbock Conductor
Jeff Lorber Organ, Keyboards
Hassan Hakmoun Sentir
Chris Botti Trumpet
Chris Bruce Guitar
Paul Buchanan Vocals
Mark Goldenberg Guitar, Keyboards
Melissa "Missy" Hasin Strings
Billy Kilson Drums
Greg Leisz Pedal Steel Guitar
Tony Levin Bass
Dean Parks Dulcimer, Guitar
David Piltch Bass
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
J'Anna Jacoby Strings
Jimmy Johnson Bass
Technical Credits
Jeremy Lubbock Arranger, Composer
Jeff Lorber Arranger, Composer, Engineer
Hassan Hakmoun Composer
Paula Cole Composer, Liner Notes
Bobby Colomby Producer
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
Fredrik Sarhagen Engineer
Pablo Munguia Engineer
Bill Airey Smith Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Growing Up and Telling About It

    In 1997 I was moved by Paula Cole's This Fire LP, and heard her perform at Lillith Fair. Many songs on This Fire carry memories for me. Now with Courage, Paula has grown beyond the questions of youth and is now writing songs for grown-ups. I rarely buy whole CD's any more, since the ability to pick and choose songs is so easy. This was the first whole CD I purchased in a year. Her voice is amazing, but mostly it is the maturity she displays that attracts me to his CD. I particularly love "In Our Dreams" and have shared it with many friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Inspiring and healing

    Many people have called this album whinny and self-indulgent. To me, I felt as though Paula was singing my own songs. I can feel this music healing me already. If you love Paula, you may or may not love this album. If you like Julia Fordham, Norah Jones, Annie Lenox, Patty Griffin, Lucinda Williams, women singer/songwriters who aren't afraid to explore all aspects of their heart and voice - you will find something here to inspire you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Short tastes make me want more

    The short samplers of this album sound really, really good. The subtle vocals and the mysterious lyrics are a welcome change from recent musical options present in today's music scene. I have been a PC fan since she was the backing singer for Peter Gabriel during the Secret World tour and still listen for her vocals whenever I play 'Steam' or 'Talk to Me'. I recommend getting this title and listening during a slow afternoon with a bottle of wine. Enjoy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Waiting to See

    I'm going to say I am happy to see her come back, but I'm hoping she didn't stray from her roots. The Paula that was "This Fire." That music was powerful, and I don't mean powerful like angry, it was more than that. It was heartfelt. I'll like this album as long as her heart is really in the songs. I've listened to "14" and it was a beautiful song. Excited to see what the whole album is really like and how it all flows together. Paula's a different person now, becoming a mother does that, so I won't expect the exact same music as the album "This Fire" presented. It'll be interesting. (Rating "Recommended" because I think it'll be worth checking out at least.)

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