“Everything Is True” – Paul Dempsey (Joint Review)

Something For Kate were one of the first non-mainstream bands that I got into. To be perfectly honest they were fairly popular at the time, but it’s one of the bands that I’m not ashamed to say I really liked. Paul Dempsey was their guitarist/singer and his voice was one of the appealing features of Something For Kate, he’s an amazing musician and his musicianship really comes to the surface in his new solo album “Everything Is True”. My counterpart mentioned about solo artists not really replicating the sound they got in the band that made them who they are, but in my opinion some artists need that release and Paul Dempsey is one of these cases. He plays all the instruments on the album and it’s not really a big surprise that he has made a solo album, it really suits him and I really do think this is a really good album, that any Something For Kate fan could enjoy.

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Paul Dempsey - "Everything Is True"

Paul Dempsey - "Everything Is True"

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“Everything Is True” is technically Paul Dempsey’s second solo album, after his “Scared of Horses” project that included guest spots from some amazing Australian musicians that included Glen Richards from Augie March. The difference with “Everything Is True” is the fact that he has made the album on his own with no outside “guests”, and what is produced is a richly personal acoustic album.

One of the great things about these joint reviews is the fact that we do disagree sometimes (just look at the Jarvis Cocker review), I like the different points of view and often reading another person’s view of an album is enriching. This album seems to one of the times we disagree, he mentioned that there were no standout songs, well, I strongly disagree. “Out of The Airlock” and “Ramona Was A Waitress” are both top class and while they wouldn’t fit in the Something For Kate catalogue, they are amazing songs that are good in their own right. They’re both soulful and catchy, which is usually a killer combination.

I’ve been listening to this album for almost a fortnight now and every time I listen to it, it gets better. So it definitely is a grower and often that’s a sign of a really good album. In terms of Australian album this year, it’s almost up near the top echelon of albums, but it doesn’t quite do enough to put it up near some of the Australian albums that have been released this year, like “Zounds” and “The Peaceful Atom Is A Bomb”. Nonetheless, it is an album that I would highly recommend and I would definitely buy it if you’re a Something For Kate fan.

I can’t really fault this album to be honest, so I’ve gotta give it a rating of 8.5/10, it’s almost there, but it just misses out on being mind-blowing.

Stand-out Songs: “Out Of The Airlock”, “Ramona Was A Waitress”

Rating: 8.5/10

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~ by Michael Hodder on September 4, 2009.

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