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Sweet Mistakes


  • 1. Kristian's Song
    2. Sweet Mistakes
    3. New Orleans
    4. Seventeen Septembers
    5. Independence Day
    6. 3,000 Miles (Remix)
    7. Martyr's Lounge, The
    8. Roll Away Bed
    9. Art of Distance, The
    10. Medicine
    11. 20th Century Is Over, The
    12. Beautiful World
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): ellispaul

  • Credits
    Producer
    Engineer

    During an uncharacteristically long four-year period between major-studio releases, Ellis Paul quietly offered this web-sales-only assortment of new recordings to his patient fan base. "This is not a concept album," he warned in the liner notes, "This is a collection of demos, ideas, experiments...with noises and choices that might not survive onto a label album." At the core of the album are four tracks recorded at an Atlanta studio that subsequently burned down, taking the master recordings with it and unexpectedly turning Paul's unfinished demos into finished products. But it's doubtful that extensive alterations would have been necessary. All four songs are reasonably polished and richly produced folk-pop efforts. The title track especially seems radio-ready and instantly ranks among Paul's best. (It was, in fact, used as is in the Gwyneth Paltrow comedy Shallow Hal.) The techno and hip-hop-influenced "Martyr's Lounge" and "The 20th Century Is Over" are risky experiments for Paul, but they are both surprisingly successful. Other experiments, like the anthemic remix of "3,000 Miles" and the Jayhawks-style countrified "Roll Away Bed," are less noteworthy. But such daring stylistic excursions are balanced by the fine, straight-up folk arrangements on "Kristian's Song" and "Medicine." On the whole, the record leaves the impression that Paul is getting even better as a writer of philosophically optimistic, tightly melodic contemporary folk music, while losing none of his command over that dynamic silken tenor. ~ Evan Cater

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