How does the sensitive Englishmans song-writing work? Stephenson takes stories he has lived through himself or has been told by others, and poeticizes his material into a finely woven texture so appealing that one feels like singing along with Paul on first listening to his songs.
As usual Stockfischs renowned musicians on this CD deliver the whole spectrum between the slightest sonic impressionism and the bold, dynamic brushstrokes of the artist-composer.
A true mark of genius is to be found in the last track with its joyful tune reminiscent of folk dances of old then fading into the noise of fireworks. Even in the midst of summer you can feel the icy air of winter, typically full of fire, smoke and champagne to be drunk in a "wonderful world".
"Light Green Ball was a poem, and this is also true of "These Days. Like planning a journey into the unknown with the friends of ones golden youth, perhaps a journey to ones own self. Verse of a time full of promise, written of what was or what could have been. Maybe you will find your loved ones there too? In Paul Stephensons music the answer is a comforting "yes", beautiful like light itself, captured in the cut of a diamond: Heaven on Earth Today.
Paul Stephenson - vocals, guitars
Chris Jones - guitar
Siard de Jong - violin, viola, mandolin, mandola
Anne Harer - violin
Martin Huch - pedal steel
Hrolfur Vagnsson - accordion
Hans-Jörg Maucksch - fretless bass
Christina Lux - backing vocals
Mike Silver - backing vocals
Thomas Klippel - Hammond B3
Christian Rien - trumpet, flugelhorn
Michael Kleinhans - tuba, backing vocals
Carsten Porath - tenor horn
Christian Archontidis - drums, percussion
Beo Brockhausen - saxophone, accordion, flute, percussion
|1. These Days|
|2. Engineering Frank|
|3. Not Long Now|
|4. Don't Mind If You Do|
|5. Captain Of The Loving Kind|
|6. Ready To Rain|
|7. The Making Of Zachary|
|9. Perfect Place|
|10. Love You Not, Love You True|
|11. Big Meeting Day|
Total playing time 43:28