Paul Kelly - Life Is Fine (2017)
Folk, Folk Rock, Singer-Songwriter | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 00:40:34 | 94 MB
Label: Cooking Vinyl
In his native Australia, singer/songwriter Paul Kelly is accorded the same kind of reverence and respect Gordon Lightfoot and Bruce Cockburn receive here in Canada, and deservedly so: The 62-year-old has produced a formidable body of work over the past 35 years. Kelly's late '80s albums with his bands the Coloured Girls and the Messengers were his commercial peak, but solo records since then have remained of high quality, too. They've often leaned to bluegrass and folk, but Life Is Fine goes back to his earlier roots-rock sound. He's recruited a full band, including nephew Dan Kelly on guitar, while longtime comrades Vika and Linda Bull are featured extensively on harmony vocals. Kelly's a democratic bandleader, giving the sisters a lead vocal on a tune apiece (the bluesy "My Man's Got a Cold" and "Don't Explain," respectively), adding variety but disrupting the album's flow a touch.