Paula Cole is the Lilith Fair set's patron saint of honeyed talent and wise maturity. Her ability to decorate genteel music with agile, intelligent jazz-pop singing and stately, tasteful playing is her greatest strength. True to form, her third album, AMEN, will not disappoint those who loved 1997's multileveled smash "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone" (from THIS FIRE). It even has a brilliant first single -- "I Believe in Love" -- a masterfully funky love song, complete with violins and trilling flutes that sound like vintage Barry White. For fans of the provocative lyrics of "Cowboys," Cole still makes some grand gestures here. Fortunately, her delivery steers clear of bombast. The plea for anti-conservative common sense, "Amen," works because she's able to elicit a genuine emotion that transcends the one-dimensional nature of her song's politics. The same is true of "Be Somebody," in which Cole's vibrato flies skyward, driving home her song's prayer that it might enact real social change. Musically, AMEN's jazz-pop and blues-rock textures provide the sort of tasteful backdrop that has helped sell Cole's more mainstream contemporaries, such as Shawn Colvin. But Cole is more interested in opening up ears than wallets, as evidenced by hip-hop legend DJ Premier's expert scratching on the up-tempo "Rhythm of Life." Of course, there are moments when her sweeping lyrics might leave you wishing her subject matter could be as down to earth as her singing is angelic. But even when she acts like a hybrid of Sarah McLachlan and Mother Teresa, the pure, pointed power of her voice is a sound to behold.
|Label:||Warner Bros / Wea|
Performance CreditsPaula Cole Primary Artist,Alto Flute,Bass Flute,Keyboards,Vocals,Multi Instruments
Kevin Barry Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Multi Instruments
DJ Premier scratching
Susan Jolles Harp
Greg Leisz Pedal Steel Guitar
Tony Levin Bass,Electric Bass,Upright Bass,Chapman Stick
Jamshied Sharifi Synthesizer,Conductor,Alto Flute,Bass Flute,Performing Ensemble
Jay Bellerose Drums,Multi Instruments,Finger Snapping
Alfredo Hidrovo Bongos,Shaker
Tionne Watkins Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Technical CreditsPaula Cole Arranger,Producer
Mick Guzauski Remixing
Roger Moutenot Engineer
Jamshied Sharifi Arranger,String Arrangements,Harp Arrangement
Jay Bellerose Sound Effects
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Amen based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
I love Paula Cole!!!! Harbinger and This Fire were fantastic and Amen lived up to the other two!!!!!!! I love Amen and I believe in Love!!!!!!