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Of Paul, Bush notes, Ellis has a voice that is so powerful that you know who it is the second he comes through your radio. His music and songs are a new birth in American sound that makes me want to go see concerts again.
The songs on the record reflect Paul s commitment to storytelling, exemplified in the title track The Day After Everything Changed. Described by Paul himself, the song is about people who are at a crossroads in their life; a hurricane Katrina victim wondering what direction his life would take after the storm hit; a person doing the long drive home after being laid off at work. Paul continues, I have committed myself to writing more conversationally. I like songs to be cultural events, little ones, that somehow tell me what it feels like to be living here on this planet in this country at this time.
I want to hear about people s joys and woes and apply them to my own. You can t fake real life stories. When you re faking it it s obvious. As long as the writing feels real it works in any genre.
Sumptuously produced, The Day After boast a full array of songs both personal and socially aware, from the gloriously soaring title track to the heartbreaking, Randy Newman-styled portrait of a post-Katrina New Orleans in Hurricane Angel. If there's a more devastating indictment of the events surrounding that defining moment in history we've yet to hear it. I need to keep feeling refreshed; says Paul. I'm looking around and trying to learn new things, experience other people's music and stories. I have no idea where I'm headed, but I think it'll make me a broader artist. Recommended. --Direct Current
Posted on Fri, Nov. 27, 2009 Music this week byline w
Ellis Paul: Lots of guys are writing songs about bad times, but no one's hit on the money as vividly than this veteran of the New England folky singer-songwriter school. On his new "The Day After Everything Changed" album, Paul makes the best of romance in hard times in Rose Tatoo; warns of the perils of easy solutions in The Lights of Vegas; and taps into the post- Hurricane Katrina doldrums with the Louisiana-style Hurricane Angel. --Philly Daily News
The Day After Everything Changed Reviews Paul puts poetry in motion December 03, 2009
Posted on Dec 02, 2009 by Diana Nollen.
Ellis Paul's latest recording is more than just a disc. It's also a book of poetry.
The Day After Everything Changed is Paul at his literary best, holding a mirror to the human experience. He sings with the raw passion of a troubadour, captured in picture-perfect form on the liner notes, as he strolls into a sunset, guitar in hand.
Many of the songs deal with relationships present and past, exhilarating and heartbreaking. Others tell histories that shouldn't be forgotten, as in the Dixie-flavored Civil War tale, The Cotton's Burning or the Katrina chapter in Hurricane Angel.
As beautifully as the disc begins, with the lusty Annalee and the downcast Rose Tattoo, the third song is the one that whisked me back to my teen years of riding in the back of a pickup truck over bumpy back roads. I can feel the country breeze through my hair on the jaunty River Road.
I'm confident listeners will find at least one song among the 15 that sings to their soul.
Ever sought an oasis to quench your parched throat? You'll like The Lights of Vegas. Ever need a shoulder to cry on? Hang onto Heaven's Wherever You Are.
Ever steal a kiss or more at the drive-in? Once Upon a Summertime will make you smile. Ever drive way too far in bad weather to reach the one you love? You'll love the ethereal sighs and dreamy finger picking of Waking Up to Me.
by Diana Nollen, Cedar Rapids Gazette --Cedar Rapids Gazette
Caught Ellis at a backyard party last year...the first time I'd ever heard of him...His voice was unique & he plays in open tuning for most of his songs (for you guitar players)... Read morePublished 7 months ago by VHBuckeye
I bought my first Ellis Paul CD (Say Something) in 1993, and practically wore it out. I purchased Stories and A Carnival of Voices when they were released (also in the 90's) but I... Read morePublished 17 months ago by kookenhaken
I have been an Ellis Paul fan since my college days in the mid 1990s in Boston. I have always been impressed by his music but this album ...... my God! Read morePublished 21 months ago by MLB
Just a terrific cd (IMO). The Day After Everything Changed has something for everyone: some slow, some fast, some sad, some happy, some folk and some rock. Read morePublished 22 months ago by danoj14
I absolutely love Ellis Paul's voice and his song about hurricane Katrina particularly (I can't Pay). Read morePublished on July 28, 2012 by Mary Beth Bliss
It's Friday, February 25th, and the new movie "Hall Pass" has just opened. And you're there in the theatre, hearing brief excerpts of this album from Ellis Paul -The Day After... Read morePublished on February 24, 2011 by JM in OKC
This album is a masterpiece of songwriting and storytelling. I have been a fan of Ellis Paul ever since I first heard him about seven years ago and have purchased everyone of his... Read morePublished on December 4, 2010 by An Fan from Pittsburgh, PA
i've loved ellis paul's music for years, and i own copies of pretty much everything he's released. that said, i have really been down on his last couple releases, not because the... Read morePublished on April 10, 2010 by A. M. Morse
I have all of Ellis Paul's albums, and this one is possibly my favorite yet (though Stories is in the running for best still). This new album begs to be turned up. Read morePublished on April 1, 2010 by D. Barnard