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Paul Dempsey – Everything is True (2009)

September 8, 2009

Something for Kate frontman Paul Dempsey has branched out on his own with his (sort of) debut solo album Everything is True. It is a pretty, delicate account of love, loss and all that kind of good stuff, written with a rugged passion and an acoustic guitar. While it is not anything dramatically different to his work in Something for Kate, it has this gentle quality about it that is definitely going to make it a stand-out album in Australia this year.

The album with the beautiful “Bats”, soft acoustic guitar and piano work with Paul’s vocals going from rocky lows to heart wrenching highs in a sentence, to create this fragile-yet-wizened aesthetic. “Out The Airlock” is just Paul and his acoustic guitar, with a small electric guitar and backing vocals chiming in now and then to add a bit of texture. “Ramona Was A Waitress” is a slightly more up-tempo number, though still down-tempo in attitude, which is a theme to pick up on throughout the course of the album.

It is not an uplifting piece of artwork, that is for sure, but subtly melon collie. This is a really beautiful album, but it is something you have to be in the mood to be able to listen to all the way through. It is 45 minutes of temperate and mild songs that make you feel both depressed and elated at the same time. It contains these highs and lows that you follow along as you listen.

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