the bridesgroom. That's what someone somewhere had to say about poor Paul
Bryan (I think it was actually on Paul's site). Paul isn't so poor. I actually don't know how much money Paul has or
makes, but from an artistic and musical standpoint, Paul is doing rather
well, actually. Certainly he looks good. Even as a guy I can tell you that;
my wife is unsparing with the praise. Paul also happens to be a really good
musician, with a soothing harmonious voice; so good that he is considered
A-list and is a resident member of Aimee Mann's band. Her right-hand man.
He's the guy you hear harmonizing with her on backup vocals in concert and
on her last studio album, The Forgotten Arm. He's the guy you see playing
bass or rhythm guitar when she takes the stage on Letterman or Leno; the
good looking guy who resembles George Harrison. Paul is, in fact, one of the
best backup singers and musicians in the business. Hence the title, 'always the
this review isn't about Aimee Mann or The Forgotten Arm, it's about Paul's
first solo album -- Handcuff King. Released in 2005 to -- no publicity at
all -- Paul has crafted some wonderful songs, brought his considerable
ability to play many instruments to the table, and augmented it with his
smooth, harmonious voice.
is a musician's musician, but also there is a bit of an artist in him. He
brings that artistry to this album, introducing
different sounds and tones, and setting a mood. And like any good music with
complexities, it grows and grows on you.
Song number 4 on the album, I Listen to the Rain, should be a single. It
should be on the radio. If there was any justice in this world, I Listen to
the Rain would be on the radio.
The follow up song on the album -- Rubber Ghost, is like Johnny Damon
followed by Derek Jeter: another potential single and run scored; great
song. Other favorites are Ghost Town, One for My Head (love
the chimes), Handcuff King, Jessie Blue. Real nice Dylan cover
on I'll Keep it with Mine.
As a complete side note, really love the artwork on the album too. You know people can win Grammy's these days on just the artwork alone.
used to sell his album on his own website, but nefarious individuals stole
away his url (formerly paulbryanmusic.com).
So even though that's the web address referenced throughout the album
sleeve; don't go there. Go here: www.paulbryan.us.
Again, poor Paul.
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