Translucent Soul

Ellis Paul • Philo / Umgd • Sep 1998

American East Coast singer-songwriter Ellis Paul has always been successful at coming up with songs that seem to mirror the everyday foibles of small-town, working-class America. Here he turns the lens on himself and the dissolution of his marriage, the centerpiece of this very intimate, close-to-the-bone album. Strong playing out of producer Jerry Marotta and guest players Bill Dillon and Tony Levin frame the tunes in a highly supportive way. Highlights include "Did I Ever Know You?," "She Loves a Girl," "Seven," "Take Me Down," "The World Ain't Slowin' Down," "Angel In Manhattan" and the title track. An album full of sound textures and emotions big and bigger.

- Cub Koda, All Music Guide