Words & Music

Words & Music

by Paul Kelly


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Words & Music

Aussie wordsmith par excellence Paul Kelly delivers his strongest batch of soul-stirring pop nuggets and heart-rendingly romantic ballads to date with Words & Music. For his 15th album, cult maestro Kelly draws on a rich tapestry of characters and true to life situations, and has his finger firmly planted on the universal heartbeat with loose, catchy yarns of aging rather ungracefully ("Nothing on My Mind"), musical inspiration (the title track), and Christmas in jail ("How to Make Gravy"). His five-piece backing band, a crack outfit, steers the troubadour from Down Under's powerful voice expertly through crackling electric guitar outbursts, soothing reggae rhythms, and soulful soliloquies alike. Two stunning duets ("She Answers the Sun" with Rebecca Barnard and "Melting" with Monique Brumby) add a unique and welcome feminine perspective to Kelly's sometimes boyish (but always charming) pleas for affection. A mature, satisfying collection of gut-grabbing rockers and goosebump-inducing story songs from a 40-something guy with more youthful energy and wide-eyed adoration for the true spirit of rock & roll than any five Top Ten teen acts on any chart in the world combined. Kelly himself says it best in "Nothing on My Mind": "The young people?/I never did one damn good thing until I was over 30!"

Product Details

Release Date: 09/25/2012
Label: Cen
UPC: 0766929998520
catalogNumber: 11
Rank: 195577

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Kelly   Primary Artist,Vocals,Group Member
Renee Geyer   Vocal Harmony,Wails
Peter Luscombe   Drums,Group Member
Spencer P. Jones   Vocal Harmony,Group Member
Laurence Maddy   Horn
Bruce Haymes   Keyboards,Vocal Harmony,Group Member
Rebecca Barnard   Vocals,Vocal Harmony,Guest Appearance
Shane O'Mara   Group Member
Russell Smith   Horn
Monique Brumby   Vocals,Guest Appearance
John Barrett   Saxophone
Steven Hadley   Bass,Background Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Paul Kelly   Composer,Producer
Chris Dickie   Engineer
Peter Luscombe   Composer
Mark Opitz   Producer,Remixing
Simon Polinski   Producer,Engineer
Spencer P. Jones   Illustrations
Laurence Maddy   Producer,Engineer
Bruce Haymes   Composer
Jacqueline Mitelman   Back Cover Photo
Monique Brumby   Composer
Ben Cunningham   Cover Design
Steven Hadley   Composer

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