Unspoken (4:11) Written by Lori Paul and Mick Dala-Vee
Song For Carman (3:34) Written by Lori Paul & Mick Dalla-Vee
Undun (4:01) Written by Randy Bachman with Solo by Randy
Fading Light (3:59) Written by Lori Paul & Mick Dalla-Vee
Say When (4:58) Written by Lori Paul & Mick Dalla-Vee
Jones (3:57) Written by Lori Paul & Mick Dalla-Vee
Lucid (3:35) Written by Lori Paul & Mick Dalla-Vee
Letting Go (4:02) Written by Lori Paul & Mick Dalla-Vee
Bay of Banderas (5:50) Written by Lori Paul & Mick Dalla-Vee
Chaser (5:19) Written by Lori Paul & Mick Dalla-Vee
THE VANCOUVER SUN – LORI PAUL Vanity Press Self-released
The record industry never ceases to amaze. Vancouver’s Lori Paul, a versatile vocalist with a talent for songwriting, deserves to be on an established label. Yet, on the ironically titled Vanity Press – her second self-released recording – she has to go it alone without the backing of a record company. There oughta be a law. Ten of the disc’s 11 tunes were co-written by Paul and multi-instrumentalist Mick Dalla-Vee, and there are some good ones. The opening Unspoken sets the tone, a mid-tempo number where Paul fills the speakers with her sensuous voice. Song for Carman has fulsome acoustic guitar work by Dalla-Vee and blues-tinted vocals by Paul. That blues feeling also inflects the rootsy Say When, Paul’s powerful lead voice beautifully supported by guitar, dobro (courtesy of Russell Marsland) and backup vocals, and reappears on the closing Chaser, which has stinging guitar work from Jeff Neill. The big record companies will kick themselves when they hear Jones, a beautiful foot-tapping number which has top-30 playlist written all over it. Here, Dalla-Vee’s acoustic guitar lays the foundation for Paul’s searing vocal line. I’m convinced that had Nora Jones recorded this, you would hear it on commercial radio 24/7. The CD’s minimalist liner notes are a tad frustrating, because they leave a few holes. For example, who’s playing banjo and accordion on Fading Light? (I’m assuming it’s the multi-talented Dalla-Vee, who is credited with his banjo work on Jones.) Paul will perform Saturday (March 8, 2005) at the Commodore as part of Motown Meltdown.
Marke Andrews – The Vancouver Sun
YALETOWN VIEW – Sound of the City
“Because my soul is soft with longing, I invite you to my table.” And so opens the first song, ‘Unspoken’, on Vanity Press, starting the listener on a tour of Paul’s singing and song-writing talents. Moving easily between soul and smooth jazz, with a little folk and country inspiration, there is no doubt that this album deserves the glowing reviews it has been receiving. It has been six years since Paul’s last album Now Or Never, but Vanity Press may well prove to be her breakout recording. Nine out of the ten songs are the result of the collaboration between Paul and multi- instrumentalist and producer Mick Dalla-Vee. Having toured with the legendary Randy Bachman, Dalla-Vee convinced Bachman to perform for the album’s one cover song – an old Guess Who standard, ‘Undun’. Paul’s singing talent is undeniable and she shines on the more breathless, soul-style ballads. Purists looking for consistency throughout the album, and to categorize the album as smooth jazz, may be disappointed with the more folk and country inspired tracks in the middle of the album. However, these simply show Paul’s confidence at moving easily between different styles and give the album plenty of listening depth. Originally from Winnipeg, Paul has been a resident of Vancouver since 1990. She has recently packed up her household in preparation for touring in support of the album. She’ll be in Australia in May, June and July but returns to perform at the Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver on August 4th. Two other albums are in the final stages of production with Dizzy With Privilege scheduled for release in 2006 along with a DVD of live performances. Vanity Press does not have a distributor at present and is only available via Paul’s website, www.loripaul.com (where it is also possible to preview the tracks or purchase them individually as mp3s). As has been pointed out by other reviewers, it is a sad irony of the music business that someone with so much potential has to struggle to get her product out to the album buying public. With favourable reviews, and solid airplay in Canada and overseas, it should not be long, though, before Paul attracts some very real record company interest.
VANCOUVER COURIER – Fred Lee – Urban Landscape