14 Songs, 58 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

A “harbinger” is a forerunner of something more to come – which is not a bad description of Paula Cole’s 1994 debut album. The elements present here would bring the singer/songwriter major hits like “I Don’t Want to Wait” two years later. You can’t fault Cole for not having the basics down — her voice has the deep shine of burnished mahogany and her compositional skills are undeniably solid. She applies them to themes of adolescent suffering (“Bethlehem”), romantic inadequacy (“I Am So Ordinary”), familial dysfunction (“Happy Home”) and resurgent bigotry (“Hitler’s Brothers”). Cole’s music — modern keyboard-based pop/rock with a slight Broadway influence — carries enough sparkle to make her preachier moments go down easier. The passionate “Oh John” and the alienated-but-upbeat “Saturn Girl” alleviate the angst. “The Ladder,” the album’s closing tune, uses choir-like harmonies to stirring effect. Producer Kevin Killen keeps the arrangements sleek and cool, adding abrasive guitars and melancholy string parts here and there.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

A “harbinger” is a forerunner of something more to come – which is not a bad description of Paula Cole’s 1994 debut album. The elements present here would bring the singer/songwriter major hits like “I Don’t Want to Wait” two years later. You can’t fault Cole for not having the basics down — her voice has the deep shine of burnished mahogany and her compositional skills are undeniably solid. She applies them to themes of adolescent suffering (“Bethlehem”), romantic inadequacy (“I Am So Ordinary”), familial dysfunction (“Happy Home”) and resurgent bigotry (“Hitler’s Brothers”). Cole’s music — modern keyboard-based pop/rock with a slight Broadway influence — carries enough sparkle to make her preachier moments go down easier. The passionate “Oh John” and the alienated-but-upbeat “Saturn Girl” alleviate the angst. “The Ladder,” the album’s closing tune, uses choir-like harmonies to stirring effect. Producer Kevin Killen keeps the arrangements sleek and cool, adding abrasive guitars and melancholy string parts here and there.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

Globesessions ,

If You Thought This Fire Was Good

You'll LOVE this album. Paula can write a great song about anything and this album covers a wide range of subjects & bring up some very good points. Take an hour, sit down and listen to this album from start to end and preprae to be blown away. Paula is a musical genius! My personal favorites are 'Happy Home' 'I Am So Ordinary' 'Bethlehem' 'Oh John' 'Hitler's Brothers' & esspecially 'The Ladder'

Mizzjader ,

Amazing!

Paula puts her heart and soul into her music and this cd says it all! It's amazing! Happy Home, I am So Ordinary, Bethlehem and Oh John are classics.

3040 ,

Paula Cole's best album

I heard "I am so ordinary" when I was overseas and was taken by her beautiful honest lyrics. Listen once and you will see what I am talking about, the thing about Paula is the truth you feel when she sings. Love it..guess I am metro ?

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