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Ithaca

Paula ColeAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Grammy winner and 7 time Grammy nominee Paula Cole has released six solo albums spanning an eighteen year career. In April, she will release her seventh solo album titled Raven. The release comes on the 20th anniversary of her performance debut on Peter Gabriel’s “Secret World Live” tour/album (1993-1994) and her solo debut Harbinger (Imago Records).

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  • Audio CD (September 21, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B003TWP5OW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,306 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Ithaca

On her fifth album Ithaca, singer and songwriter Paula Cole takes listeners on an intensely emotional, yet uplifting journey through divorce ("The Hard Way," "P.R.E.N.U.P") and the struggle to recover one's identity ("Elegy," "Waiting on a Miracle") before allowing herself to revel in the healing, redemptive power of new love ("Violet Eyes," "Come On Inside," "Sex", "2 Lifetimes"). Along the way, she acknowledges being torn between work and her child ("Somethin' I've Gotta Say"), and ultimately celebrates having music to get her through it all ("Music In Me").

"My albums are Polaroid snapshots of my life," says Cole, whose last album, Courage, was released in 2007. "The writing is the hard part because my process is highly personal and autobiographical. One of my biggest musical heroes is John Lennon because he was so brutally honest. I love the songs he wrote after he left The Beatles. They are so outrageous in their courage. This new album is just me processing things."

Ithaca is a welcome return by one of pop's most compelling vocalists, who has enthralled audiences with her soaring, agile soprano. Born the daughter of musicians, Cole studied jazz singing and improvisation at Boston's Berklee College of Music before attracting rapt attention as a featured vocalist on Peter Gabriel's 1993-1994 Secret World Live tour. Cole released her debut album, Harbinger, in 1994, followed by 1996's self-produced This Fire, which spawned the two smash hits "Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?" and "I Don't Want to Wait." In 1997, Cole was nominated for seven Grammy Awards, including "Producer of the Year" and "Album of the Year," and took home the award for "Best New Artist." In 1999, Cole released her third album, Amen, then decided to take some time off following the birth of her daughter Sky in 2001.

"I needed to get off the giant hamster wheel," Cole says of her music career. "I wanted to find some other meaning to my life and it seemed impossible to combine motherhood with the music business. It was like being at a spiritual stop sign in the road. That's what inspired 'Somethin' I've Gotta Say,' one of the older songs on the album. I thought I was done with the music career after having Sky."

Several years later, Cole was lured back to record-making by a friend, Blood, Sweat & Tears' drummer Bobby Colomby, who produced her intimate, jazz-influenced collection Courage, which she released in 2007 while going through a difficult divorce. After the split was finalized in 2008, Cole moved back to her hometown of Rockport, Massachusetts the inspiration behind her new album's title.

"The overall theme of Ithaca is the return to home and making peace with it," Cole says. "It's about accepting that I actually want to be with a man who is a lot like my father and that I am a lot like my mother which I've written about in 'Music In Me.' I rebelled against these classical complexes and got really beat up in the world. So I've come to a quiet place of acceptance in my family and my hometown. That's why I called the album 'Ithaca,' which is the island Odysseus came home to in The Odyssey after 10 years of fighting and 10 years of trying to get back home. Rockport is my Ithaca, and coming home has been an Odyssean journey: enduring war and finding beautiful things in home. That's the tone of the album, that there is both darkness and light to this story. My journey has healed me, and in that healing process I've been able to work again."

Ithaca is the sound of Cole taking back the reigns on her life. She wrote every song and produced it with Decca Records chairman Chris Roberts and engineer Kevin Killen (who produced Harbinger). Her searching lyrics play out against a backdrop of acoustic and electric instruments, including guitars played by Ben Butler, Kevin Barry, and Marc Ribot (who also plays 'back-porch' banjo on the languid "P.R.E.N.U.P"); bass by Jon Ossman and Tony Levin (whom Cole knows from her Peter Gabriel days); piano, Wurlitzer, and clarinet played by Cole; and anchored by Ben Wittman's rock-solid drumming. With its slashes of electric guitar and kick-ass balladry, Ithaca is musically reminiscent of its pop-rock predecessors This Fire and Amen.

"Courage was very gentle and eclectic," Cole says, "but I have real affection for perfect little pop gems. And I needed the sex, wail, and anger of electric guitar on certain songs, so this album is definitely more rock, pop, and soul-influenced. It combines the styles of This Fire and Amen, but is presented from a wiser woman's perspective."

And then there's That Voice, a world-class instrument that led one critic to rhapsodize recently about the ability of Cole's voice to "leap octaves in a single breath, at once vulnerable and brimming over with undeniable strength." Cole has never sounded better than she does on Ithaca passionate and powerful and fully of service to her muse.

"I really wanted Ithaca to be an uplifting record," Cole says. "It was a choice to return to the music business. That alone is big for me because my heart has been heavy. So for me to be here means I have love and enough self-confidence to do it and that's all positive. Even though I needed to get some anger out on some songs, ultimately, I'm grateful because music is very healing for me. I don't possess many other skills," Cole says with a laugh, "so I need this!"

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2010 album from the Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter. On Ithica, Cole takes listeners on an intensely emotional, yet uplifting journey through divorce ("The Hard Way," "P.R.E.N.U.P") and the struggle to recover one's identity ("Elegy," "Waiting on a Miracle") before allowing herself to revel in the healing, redemptive power of new love ("Sex," "Come on Inside"). Along the way, she acknowledges being torn between work and her daughter ("Somethin' I've Gotta Say"), and ultimately celebrates having music to get her through it all ("Music In Me").

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's me who is my enemy. October 29, 2010
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Back in the mid-1990's there was a strong female singer/songwriter movement in popular music with Tori Amos, Liz Phair, PJ Harvey, Sophie B. Hawkins, Fiona Apple, Tracy Bonham, Alanis Morissette, Jewel, Ani DiFranco, Joan Osborne, Sarah McLachlan, and, of course, Paula Cole.

Now, I had been exposed to Paula Cole before I actually knew who she was. I went to see Peter Gabriel on his "Us" tour in the middle of 1993, and he had a special guest--Paula Cole, before her debut album was even released. It wasn't until 1997 when "Where Have All The Cowboys Gone" that she re-entered my consciousness and set up shop permanently.

I'm sure I was like many others after the release of "Amen" in 1999, in thinking 'whatever happened to Paula Cole?' She then re-emerged in 2007 with "Courage", and I was glad, but less than satisfied with her musical direction.

Enter "Ithaca". Much in the same musical family as "Courage" with a nod to her first three albums in places. "Ithaca" is, plainly speaking, dull. I was not inspired by her arrangements, and her lyrics were not compelling. Her first three albums were compelling, setting soul baring lyrics to appropriate musical arrangements, creating a very satisfying experience. Now, we have gotten easy listening Cole. I understand she's older now, more mature, more centered, but this is not necessarily reflected in her music. Instead, I find Cole treading the same lyrical waters, just set to elevator music. I can hear "Ithaca" playing gently over a cup of coffee all over the country in the Starbucks chain. Self analysis is only interesting if you take it to interesting places musically.

The strongest song here is "Come On Inside" which echoes "I Don't Want To Wait".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, solid - look for Bonus version September 21, 2010
By Andy
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I wrote a full review on the CD page but here's the bottom line: she's sexy and angry and has joy and is returned. Every cut is solid and, as a whole builds and wraps in pain and salvation. Also, for now Amazon is selling two versions - one is an exclusive edition with a bonus song, "Second Chance" , a post-script that moves the album to the next emotional stage.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars strong moving September 21, 2010
By Andy
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I like Paula Coles' early album This Fire and so have kept an eye out for new stuff. Ithaca is great. Her voice and the production push and pull in all directions, and are brave, and the songs' emotions pull us in. She covers herself, and then she bares herself, and she's sexy and angry and has joy and is returned. I only buy a half dozen albums a year, as I'm careful. This is one in which every cut is solid and, as a whole builds and wraps in pain and salvation. Amazon is selling two versions - one is an exclusive edition with a bonus song, "Second Chance" that moves the album to the next emotional stage.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Somethin I've Gotta Say.... November 25, 2010
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THIS IS AMAZING. That's what I gotta say, what an album. I rekindled an old romance with this album, my romance with with Paula. I, like everyone had heard the gorgeous I Don't Wanna Wait over and over through the Dawson's Creek days, but she was and is far more than that song.
Ithaca is deep, it's etheral, organic and just a pleasure to listen to.
The standout for me is of course 'Somethin' I've Gotta Say'...it has been on repeat, I absolutely fell in love with this song after hearing only a small part on the amazon preview...also in the albums EPK, which I recommend watching, it draws you into what Paula wanted with this album. Another standout is The Hard Way, it's reaching chorus and the almost regretful feeling throughout the song is brilliant, when I listen to it it almost feels like a snapshot of what she has gone through over the last few years.
I am so glad this was reccomended to me by amazon as I hadn't thought of Paula in a while, but now I am once again an avid fan praying she will tour Australia, here's hoping.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest artist in America September 2, 2011
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The record is amazing, she is getting better with time.
Very sophisticated for popular audiences, great artistry, excellent composer, fabulous singer, 5 stars, love you...
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4.0 out of 5 stars So close April 6, 2011
By KHE
Format:Audio CD
Sometimes the emotions are a bit overwrought. Cole has a tendency to do that in her lyrics but her vocal power and piano prowess are in fine form. The fact that this woman isn't an international superstar is one of the true outrages of the modern musical scene.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely gorgeous musik February 6, 2011
By Jeffo
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Paula Cole has returned to her roots of writing and singing meaningful, heartfelt music. Her hiatus was well worth the wait. You'll never hear a woman sing with so much conviction without believing that she wrote these songs out of personal experience (her pain is our pleasure). Way to go Paula!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Solid September 21, 2010
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Paula Cole's new album is enough proof of her great voice and talent as songwriter. I just saw her in concert tonight at City Winery in New York and she's also a fantastic performer. Ithaca, her brand new album, is simply solid, mature and a very good album from any perspective.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This is really good and unique. Just like Paula!
Published 1 month ago by Julie Selway
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
I love Paula Cole and I am enjoying this CD. Great recording! CD arrived in perfect condition! I will always look to Amazon for CD purchases!
Published 13 months ago by Jan Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Ithaca
This was an excellent transaction.!!! Product was in great shape and as advertised.It totally and completely met my expectations.Will do it again.
Published 14 months ago by amafan
5.0 out of 5 stars Paula Cole is a master singer-songwriter!
I have seen her in performance and she is just as great live as she is on her recordings. If you have a chance to see her, don't miss it!
Published 16 months ago by Dani D
5.0 out of 5 stars True musician and songwriter....one of the best
Mature music from an American treasure. If you love music and poetry and life... try this album,,
:You have to listen to it more than once. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Ronnie L. Foreman
5.0 out of 5 stars More than I expected and pleasantly so.
A very powerful voice and distinct style. I love this album and play it over and over again. I originally knew of Cole from her This fire album and the TV show song she did. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Dkveragas
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 of 5
My biggest complaint about Paula Cole is the way she swayed from the artistic ferocity of This Fire, which remains my favorite album by her. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Marcel Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album !!!
Paula Cole has done it again with Ithaca. I have all of Paula Cole's albums and liked her ever since her hit Where Have All the Cowboys Gone. Read more
Published on October 30, 2011 by loril1116
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta Love her
Dear Paula,
I have loved all your previous work.
Ever since I saw you on stage with Peter Gabriel I fell in love with you. Read more
Published on October 23, 2011 by Martin Japan
3.0 out of 5 stars review of the collection
The collection is a mix of personal perspective about life and love. Overall the collection is good for listening around the house. Read more
Published on August 2, 2011 by ned
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