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Eliza Gilkyson is a politically minded, poetically gifted singer-songwriter who has become one of the most respected musicians in folk and Americana music circles.  The daughter of legendary songwriter Terry Gilkyson, Eliza entered the music world as a teenager, recording demos for her father.  Since then she has released 20 recordings of her own, and her songs have been covered by ... Read more in Amazon's Eliza Gilkyson Store

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  • Audio CD (August 9, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Red House
  • ASIN: B0009Y262M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,015 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Recently nominated for a Grammy in the Contemporary Folk category for her CD Land Of Milk and Honey, this stunning Austin,Texas based singer and songwriter returns with a release thats even more listner and radio friendly! With special guest appearances by Shawn Colvin and Slaid Cleaves and songs that powerfully combine the personal and tropical, Paradise Hotel carries on where her acclaimed last CD leaves off. Red House. 2005.

Warm reflections, strong convictions, and spiritual grace inform the veteran Texas-based troubadour Eliza Gilkyson's latest, Paradise Hotel. Offerings are even more eclectic than usual, with the Spanish-sung border balladry of "Bellarosa," a surprise cover of World Party's "Is It Like Today," and the hymn-like original "Requiem" extending Gilkyson's interpretive range. She sticks closer to straightforward country on "Calm Before the Storm" (with vocal harmony from Shawn Colvin) and the album-opening "Borderline," while returning to her folk roots on "Jedidiah 1777" and the title track (though the latter finds her humming a coda that evokes Bach or Procol Harum, depending on the listener's frame of reference). The album's most powerful track, "Man of God," represents Gilkyson's strongest political statement to date, an indictment of religious hypocrisy that uses Christianity to justify war, with Colvin, Marcia Ball, Slaid Cleaves, and Ray Wylie Hubbard among those offering chorus support. --Don McLeese

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Strong, beautiful lyrics.
Lucinda M. Neale
Almost every one brings a chill to my spine and a tear to my eye every time I play it.
K. Bowden
I would have paid twice as much for this CD just to hear the song, "Requiem."

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mark D. Prouse on September 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I agree with another reviewer here who has noticed that Eliza Gilkyson just keeps getting better and better. I have loved her music ever since I first heard her sing "Calling All Angels" (not the Jane Siberry song, but a Gilkyson original with the same title) in the 1980's. With a voice somewhere between the velvet-smoothness of a Jennifer Warnes and the grittier edges of a Lucinda Williams, Ms. Gilkyson does few covers of other songwriters' work, since her own compositions are more than enough to carry an entire album. Having just said this, I'm particularly fond of the one song on this CD not at least co-written by Eliza, "Is It Like Today" (by Karl Wallinger and Edmond De Vere), with its addicting, melodic hook line, " could it come to this, yeah I really want to know about this..." However, this latest collection of songs may be Eliza Gilkyson's crowning achievement as a songwriter, thus far, and fans of great contemporary "folk" music who, for one reason or another have managed to miss ever hearing this artist (she certainly deserves greater fame), would do well to start with this latest CD. It's hard to pick favorites, as this is all so good. I love the tunes to "Borderline" and "Think About You." Now, with the horrible disaster of Hurricane Katrina, "Calm Before the Storm," already a strong piece, acquires even greater poignancy. Throughout this album, Gilkyson's band is spot on, and provides more than ample support for Eliza's expressive voice. What is perhaps Gilkyson's greatest strength is her ability to grab the listener with a strong melody first; then she moves in for the kill with devastating lyrics. Whether her words are political, as with the angry "Man Of God," or personal, as in "Think About You," repeated listenings reveal deeper layers of meaning.Read more ›
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jerome Clark on August 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Not nearly as famous as she deserves to be, Eliza Gilkyson just gets better and better. With each album she proves that she's the equal of any of her folk-rocking, singing-and-songwriting contemporaries. Always a formidable singer, a vocalist of the smoke-and-tears school, she just plain sounds great throughout as she delivers one compelling performance and composition after another.

Paradise Hotel opens with the hook-laden "Borderline," with Mike Hardwick's electric guitar affording the bleak lyrics an oddly warm country ambience, though this is not, strictly or even broadly speaking, a country tune. Written in a style reminiscent an old folk ballad, "Jedidiah 1777" movingly relates the true story of a Gilkyson ancestor who fought in the Revolutionary War.

Perhaps the stand-out cut, though, is the hard-driving, blues-drenched, impassioned "Man of God," whose target is not hard to discern. The song opens: "The cowboy came out of the west/with his snakeskin boots and his big war chest." It goes on from there. Lovers of the current regime in the White House will not be pleased, but the rest of us will see that if American leadership in the early 21st Century has done nothing else, it has done wonders for the old-fashioned folk-protest song.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By oregano55 on August 24, 2005
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I first saw Eliza Gilkyson at a SXSW showcase in Austin in the late 90s. She blew me away then -- it was right before "Hard Times in Babyon" came out -- and every CD she's released since then has exceeded the one before. "Paradise Hotel" continues her winning streak, and works on so many levels: highly listenable right away and very satisfying on a melodic/groove level, but the song lyrics yield deeper riches every time I tune in and pay closer attention. Searching for words to describe how much I love this CD, I googled for reviews and found this one from the Austin Chronicle. I couldn't agree more....

"Neither life nor love has spared Eliza Gilkyson its sharp edges, even if the muses have blessed her bountifully. She bore her wounds with style and grace on 2000's Hard Times in Babylon...and the acclaimed Lost and Found (2002). Last year's Grammy-nominated Land of Milk and Honey was filled with blood tears for losses redeemed and the dead remembered. It's with great relief and comfort, then, to hear Paradise Hotel and feel the new, soft skin as old scars heal. This new offering in her contemporarily flawless oeuvre is tender and cathartic to the point of jubilation, brimming with radio-polished tunes ("Is It Like Today," "Bellarosa") and exquisite traditional folk ("Jedidiah 1777"). Paradise Hotel is rife with nuances that distinguish its author's pen; on "Borderline," she hums "Whiter Shade of Pale" to her own melody. Gilkyson hasn't backed down from her hard-line political stance either. The album's showstopper is the third track, "Man of God," booming with authority and righteous rejection of the party line. With longtime producer/compadre Mark Hallman providing his intuitive and expert touch, the question then is not which of her albums is the best; it's how do you choose between silk and velvet?" 08/12/2005, Austin Chronicle, Margaret Moser
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Karen Camloh on January 30, 2006
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Over the past 5 years or so, I have heard some Eliza Gilkyson tracks on compilation albums. I enjoyed one of her tracks enough to go to the library and sign out her CD, "Lost and Found" (2002). I received it with a resounding "eh."

Then I got "Paradise Hotel," an incredible, superb album. It blew me away. I hear a critique about what we're going through today. Sort of a study in current events. Discussing GW and his contradictory self-description as a Man of God. "That ain't the teachin's of a man of God...", discussing the evolution of man from Babylon to today, spreading slowly across the continents and globe and now the moon. To the moon. I wouldn't call it all that positive, with some resignation in the tales, but bright rays of hopefulness do shine through.

Her sound is accessible to grown-ups. She doesn't have a superior range, but her voice is smoky and pleasant, coming from a low register. Lots of acoustic guitar along with hard-driven electric riffs, some twangy-country-ish rock and some Celtic sounding mixes, with a bit of east and west religious education. If a comparison must be made, while she doesn't necessarily sound like Lucinda Williams, she is similar in style: serious, honest, insightful, and rockin'. A little bit of Joan Osborne shows through, as well, with loud, energetic harmonies in the background on a couple of tunes.

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