The Trouble With Success or How You Fit Into the World

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All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
The Trouble With Success or How You Fit into the World finds ex-Drop Nineteens/Boy Wonder vocal darling Paula Kelley moving beyond the cute factors of her Nothing/Everything debut for a divine pop effort. She and musician Eric Matthews craft a sophisticated set that's both classic in Baroque pop and indie pop to showcase Kelley's lovely imagination. It's a daring move. Going for Burt Bacharach-like stylings without it all sounding contrived is a task; however, Kelley succeeds. Joining her is a backing section of nearly 40 musicians known as the PK Orchestra. Each song is bright in instrumental color and spirit and Kelley's angelic, girlish vocals leave you swooning. ...
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All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
The Trouble With Success or How You Fit into the World finds ex-Drop Nineteens/Boy Wonder vocal darling Paula Kelley moving beyond the cute factors of her Nothing/Everything debut for a divine pop effort. She and musician Eric Matthews craft a sophisticated set that's both classic in Baroque pop and indie pop to showcase Kelley's lovely imagination. It's a daring move. Going for Burt Bacharach-like stylings without it all sounding contrived is a task; however, Kelley succeeds. Joining her is a backing section of nearly 40 musicians known as the PK Orchestra. Each song is bright in instrumental color and spirit and Kelley's angelic, girlish vocals leave you swooning. Basically, The Trouble With Success... can be anyone's autobiographical tale of fighting fit and Kelley's storybook of "My Finest Hour" experiences the many waves of personal introspection. "How Many Times" is a wonderful ballad dressed in acoustic guitars and violins for one of the album's shinier occasions. "I'd Fall in Love" gushes about the obvious with a glorious horn section for Kelley's best Carole King moment. It won't take long to realize that The Trouble With Success... is one of those albums that's thankful for pop music while flattering it at the same time. Kelley doesn't lose sight of that. She has achieved her "finest hour" on this one.
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  • Release Date: 9/16/2003
  • Label: Kimchee Records
  • UPC: 723724599024
  • Catalog Number: 28

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paula Kelley Primary Artist, Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Harpsichord, Hammond Organ, Tambourine, Vocals
Mary Jane Rupert Harp
Janet Underhill Bassoon
Donald Anderson Trumpet
Eric Matthews Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Ad Frank Vocals
Meredith Cooper Violin
Diane Heffner Clarinet
Winston Yu Violin
Don Anderson Trumpet
Jaime d'Almeida Vocals
Diana Niethamer Vocals
Jeff Norcross Drums, Vocals
Carlene Barous Piano, Vocals
Danielle Boudrot Flute
Betty Widerski Violin
Peter Welch Vocals
Karen Langlie Cello
Melissa Bull Violin
Linda Campos French Horn
Aaron Tap Electric Guitar, Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Sampling, Slide Guitar, Shaker, Juno
Juhan Sonin Violin
Joseph Simcox Viola
Jim Collins Bass Guitar, Vocals
Andreas Delgenkolb Viola
Jesse Flack Bass
Jim Gerdeman Vocals
Jaleen Hall Oboe
Laura Presler Bass
PK Chior Vocals, Hand Clapping, Finger Snapping
Josh Kantor Bass
Wendy Mittelstadt Violin
Joo Lee Cello
Mel Weiss Vocals
Chris Barrett Trumpet
Technical Credits
Peter Weiss Engineer, Engineering
Eric Matthews Arranger, Engineering
Gregg Williams Engineer
Paula Kelley Arranger, Composer, Producer
Jeff Lipton Mastering
Rob Ignazio Engineering
Matthew Tap Arranger
Aaron Tap Engineer, Engineering
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