40 Songs, 2 Hours 32 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Australia’s Paul Kelly, a superstar in his own land, has never made a similar impression on U.S. listeners. It’s a shame, as his writing is witty and insightful. This generous offering combines his two “greatest hits” packages, featuring 40 songs recorded between 1985 and 2007. Fans of classic rock songwriters like Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, and John Mellencamp and pop groups such as The Byrds, The Flamin’ Groovies, The BoDeans, and even Dire Straits will surely find much to sink their ears into. There’s a Byrds-like pop to tracks such as “Leaps and Bounds,” “Look So Fine, Feel So Low,” and “Before Too Long.” The electricity gets turned up for the arena-rock sounds of “Darling It Hurts.” But Kelly’s more in true form on the story songs. “Bradman” links Dylan and Springsteen effortlessly. “Everything’s Turning to White” and “From Little Things Big Things Grow” recall Dylan’s wind-whipped sensibility. There are jewels throughout. “They Thought I Was Asleep,” “You’re 39, You’re Beautiful and You’re Mine,” and “Deeper Water” are highlights. Kelly’s a major talent waiting around in broad daylight to be rediscovered.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Australia’s Paul Kelly, a superstar in his own land, has never made a similar impression on U.S. listeners. It’s a shame, as his writing is witty and insightful. This generous offering combines his two “greatest hits” packages, featuring 40 songs recorded between 1985 and 2007. Fans of classic rock songwriters like Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, and John Mellencamp and pop groups such as The Byrds, The Flamin’ Groovies, The BoDeans, and even Dire Straits will surely find much to sink their ears into. There’s a Byrds-like pop to tracks such as “Leaps and Bounds,” “Look So Fine, Feel So Low,” and “Before Too Long.” The electricity gets turned up for the arena-rock sounds of “Darling It Hurts.” But Kelly’s more in true form on the story songs. “Bradman” links Dylan and Springsteen effortlessly. “Everything’s Turning to White” and “From Little Things Big Things Grow” recall Dylan’s wind-whipped sensibility. There are jewels throughout. “They Thought I Was Asleep,” “You’re 39, You’re Beautiful and You’re Mine,” and “Deeper Water” are highlights. Kelly’s a major talent waiting around in broad daylight to be rediscovered.

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Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

DaveKo ,

A True Genius

I first discovered the music of Paul Kelly in 1988 while with the US military on location in the middle east. We had lots of time to kill, so we ventured into the souks of the city looking for bargains. Many music shops selling many bootleg cassettes of artists that I had never heard of. So I took a chance on a guy named Paul Kelly and bought Gossip. I've been in love with his music ever since. Powerful lyrics and catchy choruses. It's a shame he never made it in the states, but hey, the music is still there for you to enjoy. Start listening.....

Matt Rogers 82 ,

Some of the best songs ever!

I'm an American who first discovered Paul Kelly's music blasting from my neighbor's apartment circa 1990. I still remember sitting down outside on a wall while "Dumb Things" played. I couldn't focus on anything else that night. Paul's songwriting was (and still is) powerful.

LongLeapingLefty ,

Sublime

Neil Finn turned me on to Paul Kelly... Very, very glad for that.

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