hi richie and gaby,
yesterday i was
listening to your new album. i really enjoyed it. great music, great voice,
great sound. a very nice album to work with. well done. it will be a joy to
perform it live and people will love it, i am sure.
see you soon. love
Reviewed by Phil Bennett
Richie Pavledis' fifth solo album sees him presenting his songs in a bare bones manner - just voice, acoustic guitar, the occasional drums and percussion and some brief heavyweight help on bass from Phil Bailey.
Currently residing in the icy climes of the far Northern Hemisphere, the sound of his album, though, is pure Australiana. Close your eyes and you can see him standing in the spinifex strumming his acoustic, singing these songs to the great endless sky.
There are some terrific numbers here, from the righteous Soul Purpose to the torridly rhythmic The Deep Blue Sea and the swampy groove of Armageddon.
Strange thing about his voice - even when he's yelping "I'm Ready" over excited handclaps, he still sounds melancholy. Which may give listeners the impression that this is a downbeat, introspective album, but, on the contrary, it's about spirit, freedom, space and, yes, a little bit of sadness.
Throughout, the production is simple but crisp, so that the essence of Pavledis as a solo performer is captured faithfully and realistically.
And with songs like these, any additional fiddly bits would simply be a distraction.
Big voice, sweet and lovely lyrics, classy performances and warm melodies.
A real grower. Check it out.
We are really enjoying your CD. You are quite the shamanistic poet
Jen's personal favourite is "In Love" - probably one of your
special ones too Gaby I imagaine?? A song like that certainly makes it all even
Love, joy, peace and much pleasure to you both.
Great to see you at the Blues club, we are really enjoying your new
Hope you have a great Christmas and a prosperous new year.
Maureen & Bob
Dear Richie & Gaby,
Today I got back from a week long
vacations and your parcel was already waiting for me, thank you very much!
I am so proud of myself that somewhere down my musical road I have
discovered Richie for me and my listeners. He has found his own little spot
between acoustic blues, soul and folk - a place in music that is totally his
own. With deep and sensual voice, memorable songs and gentle guitar playing he
is one of my favorite acoustic artists, no matter what the genre is!
As with Richie's previous discs it will be my pleasure to feature the new one
in my shows. I'm sure my listeners will enjoy it as much as I do! I'll keep you
posted with my play lists and Living Blues reports.
Thank you again
guys for the music you've sent me. Let us keep in touch.