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Grammy-Award winning, singer/songwriter Paula Cole rediscovers her love of music with her new CD, Courage, her first album in seven years in stores June 12, 2007. When asked what Courage means to Paula Cole, she says the word was her daily mantra when recording the record, making for a fitting title. Simply put Cole says, I am searching for the truth. Somewhere, it's in the music. An intimate and heartfelt collection of songs, Courage is poised to re-establish Cole's seminal role among the top female recording artists today. Delivered with raw emotional honesty, the singer reveals a rare, disarming vulnerability with these eleven new songs. Highlights include the first single 14, and guest appearances from the legendary Herbie Hancock, renowned producer David Foster, the distinctive vocals of Paul Buchanan of Blue Nile and the Brazilian singer/songwriter Ivan Lins.

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With her first album in eight years, there seems to be little doubt that Paula Cole is aiming to shake the Sarah McLachlan-wannabe tag that has hung with her since the days of Lilith Fair. Though she rode the alternative wave during those times to her eventual notoriety, this time around Cole appears ready to paddle the mainstream. Enlisting the help of some notable, if unfamiliar, songwriters, the Massachusetts-bred singer has the striking (and professionally trained) voice to make the cut. Cole devotees will drift to a pair of ballads: the sexy, bass-driven "In Our Dreams" and "Lonely Town," a saga of isolation guided by the piano of Herbie Hancock. And while the 11 songs are cohesive enough to run as a package, cuts that stand out as potential hits include "El Greco," a declarative song of restitution, and "Hard to Be Soft," a jazz number decorated with Brazilian-themed rhythms. Whether this renewal can lead to even greater approval remains to be seen--but the audience left over from years gone by is just happy to hear Paula Cole singing again. --Scott Holter

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 12, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B000NO39EC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,324 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Martha J. Nazzaro on August 1, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I spotted Paula in Rockport Massachusetts last week....I live there during the summer and I knew that she grew up there and still visits frequently. I "googled" her and discovered that this new album was out. I immediately bought it and can't stop listening to it. The tracks are sexy, hypnotic, jazzy, meaningful, addicting, exciting....just amazing!
I'm so glad she's back....better than before and ready for big big things to come. Paula, if you're reading this....get ready for the grammy's!!!
Please buy this record and listen to it over and over again...Play it while on the treadmill or at an itimate candlelit dinner party. Something for every music taste.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By KHE on September 19, 2007
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Unfortunately, too many people just know Paula Cole as "the girl who wrote that Dawson's Creek song." I strongly encourage everyone to give this disc a good listen. Her familiar brilliant songwriting, musicianship and singing voice are all here and after listening to her music, I somehow always feel more intelligent. It's always smart, but not inaccessible. To listen to her music, you really do have to "smarten up." The tragedy of so much music these days is that you have to "dumb down" to listen to it and so much of it seems as if it's being prdouced with the lowst common denominator in mind, and thankfully, Ms. Cole doesn't do that. Definately worth the buy!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Laura Gail on October 8, 2007
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I first heard Paula Cole the night before her first CD was released when she performed with Peter Gabriel on his "Secret World" tour. I went out the next day and bought her CD. I have loved her work since that night many years ago at the Tweeter Center.

Like all of her albums this one has some songs I just want to play over and over and over again, and some that I don't really like. She is a true artist, constantly testing the limits of what she can do with her music. I don't mind those less than perfect songs because of what they lead to in future songs.

I didn't know that Paula had anything new out, and happened to see this in the store. I promptly put back the CD I had gone out to buy, bought this one, and ran home. "Comin' Down" gave me goosebumps, but it was "El Greco" that made me sit in the middle of my livingroom floor and weep. Yes Paula, you've done a damn good job of "feeling emotions in a deeper shade...(of being) the one who puts them to song, and liberat(ing) the heartache comin' down."

Thank you--and welcome home, we missed you.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Soit78 on July 24, 2007
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I feel in love with Paula Cole for the first time when I guy I worked with loaned me "Harbinger" telling me she is `amazing'. I heard the exquisite voice that is both powerful and soft, haunting melodies married to life given lyrics and I knew she was not so Ordinary. Then I fell even more in love with her when I saw her on Peter Gabriel's DVD "Secret World Live" and her incredible stage presence. She stole my heart again with "This Fire" and I didn't want to wait! "Amen" followed and I believed in Love again.

Now here it is 8 years later and she release "Courage". My Lovelight is indeed kindled again. She has returned with a very interesting Album. Her direction seems to have shifted or matured some what and this is may be partially due to the producer's input both good and no so good. However, it is Paula that shines with her voice as exquisite and rich as ever. Her lyrics are like fine lace dressing the album beautifully. "Lovelight", "Comin' Down", "El Greco", "14", "It's My Life" and especially "I Wanna Kiss You" are the cream of the crop and excellent. "Lonely Town", "Safe in Yours Arms" and "In Our Dreams" are good and may take a few times through to get you.

I feel that all of her albums have songs that are exceptional, some that are good and one or two that maybe considered average. This album is the exception to this rule and contains two songs that in my view are less than average. Unfortunately they choose add two duets to the collection - "Hard to Be Soft" and "Until I Met You" which are weakly produced to sound broadwayesque. The male vocals compared to Paula's voice are severely lacking and disjointed. These tracks just don't fit and seems like some other album's tracks got mixed in with Paula's especially so with "Until I met You".
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jason Stein VINE VOICE on July 20, 2007
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So it's been 8 years since Paula Cole's last album, "Amen". If you've visited her website you know why she's been gone for 8 years, and the reasons weren't always happy ones. I am glad Bobby Colomby (Blood, Sweat & Tears) helped Paula and encouraged her to summon up a new album. I must preface the rest of my review by stating that although I like Paula Cole's music, I feel each of her albums has had a few duds, and "Courage" is no exception. Also, I'm not entirely satisfied with Cole's musical direction on "Courage". She took a more adult contemporary approach that is jazzier and more Norah Jones-like.

That said, Paula Cole's vocals and lyrics continue to be the main draw on "Courage". Musically, I prefer her earlier works. I don't know if this change is due to so many years away, Paula's maturation process, Bobby Colomby's influence or the move to Decca records, or all of the above. This isn't to say that there aren't any good songs--there are several, like "Lovelight", "El Greco", "It's My Life" and "I Wanna Kiss You" that remind you of why Paula Cole is so great. There are several more that are okay, like "Comin' Down", "Lonelytown", "14" and "Hard To Be Soft" which showcase some different musical directions for Paula. Then there are the duds--"Safe In Your Arms", "In Our Dreams" and "Until I Met You" which really didn't register for me.

Overall, is "Courage" better than her last work, "Amen"? Yes. "Amen" was incohesive, but she had several strong songs like "Amen", "Pearl", "Be Somebody" and "I Believe In Love". I didn't find any songs like those on "Courage", but "Courage" has its charms. Still, I think Cole has yet to create her career defining masterpiece, and I hope it's just around the corner.
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