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Spring and Fall

Spring and Fall

November 6, 2012
4.7 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: November 6, 2012
  • Release Date: November 6, 2012
  • Label: CEN
  • Copyright: (C) 2012 Paul Kelly
  • Total Length: 35:40
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  • ASIN: B009SU9S6K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,553 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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By Dennis Petticoffer on November 17, 2012
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Kelly's first album in five years is a simple, but lovely song cycle, tracing the vicissitudes of a love relationship from initial passion to eventual loss and regret. It's a bittersweet work of subtle genius, sparely (but effectively) backed with a violin here, a plaintive harmonica there, against prevailing acoustic instrumentation. The album opens with a song borrowing words from poet John Donne ("To His Mistress Going to Bed") and gradually reveals the erosion of what was once a strong bond. Much like the recent work of Bob Dylan, Kelly's songs reveal the craftsmanship of a mature artist using wisdom to get his point across, not having to resort to the flashier music and lyrics of his past. "Spring and Fall" is worth hearing by anyone who admires well-crafted songs embodying authentic emotion and insight into the human condition.
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The quality of Paul Kelly's music is always high, but with Spring & Fall, you can see a leap that I'll reluctantly call maturation. It's like the difference between drinking a good whiskey and a 30-year-old single malt Scotch. I don't usually give anything a 5-star review but this is one of those rare instances.
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Following his stripped down How To Make Gravy (The A-Z Recordings) with this lyrically mature, musically sophisticated, truly lovely album, Paul Kelly continues to add to his great legacy. Like fine wine, he shows that one can subtly shift gears and yet remain experimental. Beginning with New Found Year, in which he declares his love anew with language that is seemingly simple yet not the least, much of the album touches upon themes of intimacy, love, and faith. You will find much of Paul's expected sharp twists and turns in which he seems to shift gears mid song, making a characters declaration of commitment both a promise and an uncertainty. Listen to I'm Gonna Be Good, which doesn't have much wordplay, in fact, it follows a sing song-y children's rhyme approach and is song with such cheer that you might miss that the protagonist is trying to convince himself as well as the world that he means what he is saying. He may have his fingers crossed behind his back, but he's trying.

You can listen to the album as one complete story or take it apart song by song. Either way, it will resonate long after each listen. Cold As Canada, with it's slow churning lyric, and description of a woman leaving a man, is particularly haunting.

I suggest one wait for the bonus song about a minute of so after the last song ends. It's quite a little gem.

I am confounded as to how this songwriter has not attained greater popularity here in the states. He's a bit of a legend in Australia where he is considered by many to be it's poet laureate.
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This is a big call but this is possible Kelly's best album to date.Full of wonderful songs and brilliant lyrics not much more needs to be said! Highlights are definitely "For the Ages","New FoundYear" and "I'm on your side". But they are all goodies. Rick Drewer Adelaide South Australia
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As any fan would know, Paul Kelly is a great songwriter and an articulate chronicler of the human condition.
On "Spring and Fall", the whole album tells the story of a relationship that goes wrong. The album starts with the love and optimism of a new relationship in "New Found Year", but before the halfway point "Someone New" starts with the shocking line "I want to sleep with someone new". From there things fall apart, turning as "Cold as Canada", until in "Little Aches and Pains", one of the characters is struggling in the recovery phase, singing "what doesn't kill you makes you weaker".
The songs are all finely crafted and well performed. Each stands well on its own, but the strength of the album is the story they tell together in their entirety.
Musically, the album is very stipped back, largely acoustic. It is a little like the second, slower part of the "Ways and Means" double album. At first this took me a little getting used to, but after several listens the beauty of the music shines through and it is well suited to the story being told. Perhaps the only disappointing aspect of the album is its brevity - 38 minutes including some dead time before the final, hidden track.
Well worth checking out!
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By corrie on July 11, 2013
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such poetry! made of lyrics of moments that thought brings in .....his voice always full of the emotion that he sings.. a truer Australian singer songwriter there is not ..Mr.Kelly never lets you down ...
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This is a little different for Paul Kelly, but it is my favorite album of his so far. If you're not sure whether or not you'll like it, just go to the album and listen to the samples, as each song is represented. I, for one, love this!
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I wanted Paul to rock it out like he did in the Deeper Water, Comedy, and Gossip albums and this one I liked, but didn’t love.

Same thing happened to me with Lucinda Williams: everything got slow and soft and I got bored.
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