Train of Thought

Paul’s second album ‘Train Of Thought’ released 2007 was produced by the late Ollie Nicholls and recorded at Doz Studio’s in Fordcombe, Kent. Features stand out tracks ‘Nephew’ ‘Ebony’ ‘Fallen’ and ‘Heroes’. The album is available at Ape Music Record store (01892 535732) in Tunbridge Wells and downloads are available on Itunes.

Train of Thought

ALBUM REVIEW – PLAY MAGAZINE

What is musicality, exactly, and how am I going to use it in this album review? For me, it’s a word that means more than having a knack or a talent, and goes beyond simple proficiency. That’s not to say that Paul Dunton doesn’t have all three of these, but there’s something else here, the same something that alerted my musical ‘spidey’ sense to Rufus Wainwright, Sufjan Stevens and Duke Special. Dunton less writes songs than he does dramas. It’s a funny thing: bards would always tell stories within their songs, but as time’s progressed a lot of singer songwriters have been content to mumble ‘love’ and ‘baby’ into a microphone, hammer out some major chords for the hell of it and wear a shit-eating grin while the money rolls in. Finding solo artists who can put across a sense of actual, honest passion while writing a tune you can hum is a very hard thing to do indeed. It felt good, then, to hear Nephew, the second track of Dunton’s new album Train Of Thought. Throughout the tale we’re treated to the piano’s sugary production, offset by an Elliot Smith-style double up on the vocals. It’s an almost ethereal sound, and one that leaves you part comforted, part unsettled. It’s that sense of curiosity that carries throughout the record, and comparisons to both Wainwright and Smith hold across several tracks. There’s something timeless about the song writing – this record could have been released in the 60s, 70s or 90s and been just as relevant. You often get that feeling with old records, but with new ones it’s somewhat unique. Dunton likes to experiment with his sounds, too, so while the core of the album is undoubtedly the sultry piano, synth, string, flute and female vocals (on Femme Fatale and Englishness). Things even go pretty damn 80s on Sleepyhead, but not to an unlikeable extent. Experimentation or not, Train of Thought has a solid consistency, both in quality and tone, and while the additions are welcome, you get the feeling a solo man-and-piano show would be just as good, if not better. So, what is musicality? For me, it’s achieving a solid equilibrium between the importance of lyricism, catchy tunes and the passion driving both. Paul Dunton has that in spades, and Train Of Thought should be snapped up immediately.

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