EJ 70 CD
released April 2005
After a long wait, the fourth and finest album from Paul Newman (as in, yes, that Paul Newman, the rock band, who are in no way an "emo" band) is good enough to make you cry. Tastefully placed parts swirl in and out of the speaker cones, weaving a nourishing basket of goodies. Though they began in 1996 as primarily an instrumental rock band, each of the seven masterful tracks on THIS is how it is LOST features vocals, adding a new dimension for those familiar with their sound. Six of the seven songs feature vocals from Eddie Robert, who also plays with I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness, while the seventh track features Craig McCaffrey, lately also of The American Analog Set. So, changes in sound and time of absence aside, everything that made Paul Newman revered by many music lovers remains intact. Recorded with longtime engineering partner Jason Ward, TihiiL promises to delight with its meticulous, rich pulse.
MP3: "Changing Faster"
The sparse artwork on the cover of Paul Newman's latest may look simple, but you have to study it to see its beauty. The Austin quartet's music is the same. The songs on This Is How It Is Lost float on the surface and dig into your ear. Breaking tradition of past albums by featuring vocals on almost every track, Lost nevertheless feels entirely instrumental, every song changing tempo just as it starts droning..."I Am Not Telling" is a dazzling cocktail that flames out before exploding into an assaulting drum/guitar blitzkrieg. For Paul Newman it's all about the buildup and the takedown, the crash and burn, and finally, redemption. - Audra Schroeder, Austin Chronicle
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