Ordinary Guy

January 2005
First Paul Dunton album was a limited edition release (3,000 copies) and all have now sold.

Ordinary Guy

ALBUM REVIEW – THE COURIER NEWSPAPER

With a laid-back, casual but unfailingly polite demeanour it is not hard to understand why singer-songwriter Paul Dunton entitled his debut album ‘Ordinary Guy’. Although the title may suggest a self-effacing modesty bordering on the bland, this album is no ordinary release. To mark the launch of the record, Tunbridge Wells resident Dunton performed a selection of tracks from the album at a sell out showcase style concert at The Trinity Arts Centre on January 21st accompanied by a very capable live band.

It is difficult to pigeon-hole the 20 something’s style and his songs are a diverse collection of themes and sounds. Greed, redemption and tales of vampires are featured in his writing as well as more traditional emotional subjects. He is not afraid to tackle controversial issues either with the post 9/11 world and the erosion of the environment featured in the tracks ‘UK/51’ and ‘Fictitious Dreams.’ Regardless of whether you agree with sentiment, both songs are strikingly memorable. Elsewhere, the beautifully crafted love song ‘My Saviour’ is one of the stand out tracks on the album.

The music lent itself well to being performed live with Dunton proving to be an engaging narrator between songs. In all, Dunton’s polished and at the right times, powerful voice make him very listenable. Such is the variety on the album, his music is accessible and draws the listener in. I’m sure there will be more to come from this from this young, talented songwriter, however Ordinary Guy is a fine debut release and is well worth adding to your CD collection.

Review by Jez Durrant
The Courier Newspaper
February 2005

 

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