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Paal Flaata - New Green Grass Will Grow

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Paal Flaata
New Green Grass Will Grow

Label Grappa
Erstveröffentlichung 11.11.2022
Format LP
Lieferzeit 1 – 3 Werktage
Preis 22,95 € (inkl. MwSt. zzgl. Versand)
Review

When Paal Flaata´s new album opens with a perfectly performed and sincere interpretation of the Charlie Rich classic “You Never Really Wanted Me”, it´s almost impossible to not feel touched by this new version. The pain in Paal Flaata´s voice feels genuine and with Goran Grini´s simplistic and disciplined piano tones, Flaata has nothing to hide behind. He stands - as always - completely naked in the face of the music, of the composition and the song itself. “The atmosphere is again quite dark”, Paal says; “I think the new record takes the pulse of the times we are in. The corona period has given me time to think about experiences I´ve dealt with in recent years, and much of it has been sad. So it´s a slightly personal record, also for Goran. We work very close, and one of the ambitions on this particular album was to try to make it stand out more from earlier releases, and take the interpretations one step further”. There is no getting away from the fact that Flaata´s records are full of dark and sad songs, depicting endless heartache, betrayal and disappointment. He himself says he is more or less automatically drawn to minor-keyed melodies with sad lyrics. Nevertheless, the name of the album is positively titled “New Green Grass Will Grow”; it contains eight newly recorded songs in addition to three short instrumental tracks that tie them together. Two original songs were written by Paal and Goran, while the rest of the album consists of cover tracks. For the most part, his career has evolved around interpreting other people´s songs. Flaata has chosen music from the top shelf of music history. In the years 2012 to 2016, Paal has recorded three records dedicated to three songwriters he is particularly fond of: Chip Taylor, Mickey Newbury and Townes Van Zandt. He has also recorded immortal songs by Jimmy Webb, Josh Haden, Elvis Costello, Kris Kristofferson, Ewan MacColl and several others. “I have never had such great ambitions to write my own songs. It´s a different field”, says Paal and points out that he has great respect for those who master the songwriting profession. Together with the multi-instrumentalists Goran Grini and Freddy Holm and drummer Glenn Vidar Solheim, Paal adds even more well-known and lesser-known songs to his already extensive repertoire, among these are tracks from Gretchen Peters, Chris Isaak, Randy Newman and Jacques Brel. Paal Flaata’s interpretations help to define a personal, separate universe.

Tracklisting
1. You Never Really Wanted Me<
>2. It's Hard To Sing This Song<
>3. Sundown<
>4. Waiting For the Rain To Fall<
>5. If You Go Away<
>6. Everything You Know Melts Away Like Snow<
>7. So Ro<
>8. Suppose<
>9. Reprise<
>10. I Think It's Going To Rain Today<
>11. Jubilee
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