CD Amen [Paula Cole] [CD] [1 disc] (CD 619264),
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Amen [Paula Cole] [CD] [1 disc]
1. I Believe in Love
3. Tonya, La
5. Be Somebody
6. Rhythm of Life
8. Suwannee Jo
9. God Is Watching
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 47490
Personnel: Paula Cole (vocals, electric guitar, clarinet, piano, Wurlitzer & Fender Rhodes pianos, Clavinet, Moog synthesizer, keyboards, Juno & Rhodes basses); Kevin Barry (acoustic, electric, baritone, hi-strung acoustic, electric baritone, Fillanoma, Leslie electric & electric sitar guitars, E-bow, mandolin); Greg Leisz (pedal steel guitar); Susan Jolles (harp); Tony Levin (electric & upright electric basses, Chapman stick); Jay Bellerose (drums, udu drum, wah drums, cocktail drum, crasher, sansamp crasher, shaker, tambourine); Alfredo Hidrovo (bongos, shaker); DJ Premier (scratches); Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins (background vocals).
Recorded at Globe Studios, New York, New York.
All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology.
Personnel: Paula Cole (vocals, alto flute, bass flute, keyboards); Kevin Barry (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Susan Jolles (harp); Jamshied Sharifi (alto flute, bass flute, synthesizer); Tony Levin (upright bass, electric bass, Chapman stick); Jay Bellerose (drums, sound effects); Alfredo Hidrovo (bongos, shaker); DJ Premier (scratches); Tionne Watkins (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Roger Moutenot.
Audio Remixer: Mick Guzauski.
Recording information: Globe Studios, NY, NY.
Photographer: Merri Cyr.
Arrangers: Jamshied Sharifi; Paula Cole.
Paula Cole gives a powerful performance on this stirring dialogue with humanity and the divine. She's clearly done a lot of thinking and growing up since the release of THIS FIRE, and as a result offers a previously unmatched emotional candor. Veteran drummer Jay Bellerose joins her again with his complementing touch, while Kevin Barry provides all manner of guitar work to complete the core of the Paula Cole Band.
Barry's gleaming long-tones, wah-wah riffs, and blues licks constantly add color to a production that rings with echoes of '70s and early-'80s soul and a hip-hop sensibility. While AMEN often moves to a soft, light groove, the lyrics are anything but. From the heartbreaking scenarios of "Be Somebody" to the transcendent declarations of "Rhythm Of Life" and "Pearl," Cole's self-penned tunes are awash in talk of God and pressing questions of faith.
Q (11/99, p.116) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Cole likes to show off her scars, but she's totally on the side of life and stuff, too. Bully for her."
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