Reviews for "Markings in the Cave"

Three reviews for Paul's latest book of verse.

 

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This is a sampling of press comments regarding Paul made from the 1980's through the 2010's.

“Singer-songwriter-pianist Paul Tait has been known for the theatrical edge he applies to his songs…” “(he) is an accomplished pianist\keyboardist and emotive singer that spans the gamut of ballads, honky tonk, upbeat pop numbers, and sad songs…” “While many piano players will come and go, Paul Tait will always stand out as a true original”

                                                -Doug Soan, Metronome Magazine

 “If there’s one showman (in Boston), it’s Paul Tait.”

                                               -The Evening News

 “Upbeat melodies, rockin, inspired… all of these are Paul Tait. (On each track) Paul’s voice bristles with energy… Tait really knows how to rock with equal parts of emotion, professionalism, and fun.”

                                                -Platinum Music Review

 “Paul Tait rocked with sharp vocals and electrifying keyboards!”

                                                -The SSU Log

 “Paul Tait is a straight-shootin’ talented veteran musician.”

                                                -T. Max, The Noise

 “His whole being seems to be in each song.”

                                                -The NSCC Pennon

 “Displaying influences from Billy Joel to The Beatles, Tait built off those talents and found a unique musical voice of his own.”

                                                -Brian M. Owens, Metronome Magazine

 “Paul Tait is truly one of music’s unsung, unsigned greats when it comes to pure pop rock expression.  And by pop rock music I do not mean the fluff we accept today for contemporary pop rock music, I mean good old fashioned solid pop rock and roll songwriting delivered with passion, zeal and just the right amount of humor.”

                                                -Rob Hunter, Boston Rock and Roll Press

 

Metronome Reviews "Evetrything is Subject to Change"

PAUL TAIT

EVERYTHING IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

10-SONG CD

• I DON’T HAVE AN IN-BETWEEN

• SOME DAYS

• LOSING MY MIND

• DON’T STOP BEING A ROCKER

• NO SOLICITING

• HEART CONDITION

• SEARCHING THE SKIES

• SELF AWARENESS

• LIFE IS A PRISON

• WORLD OF PAIN

Amidst serious health concerns over the last several years, Paul Tait always manages to rise up with winsome new music. For his new album, calculatingly titled, Everything is Subject To Change Tait is captured at his willful best.

Shedding the gloomy sentiment that overshadowed his last album, Tait returns with a full tilt rocker accompanied by rock guitarist Casper Jones along with multiinstrumentalist & engineer Joel Simches.

From the raucous opening track “I Don’t Have An In-Between” to the bounding “Some Days,” to the Rod Stewart infused “Losing My Mind,” and on to the introspective “Heart Condition” Tait is on fire poking fun at his real life foibles.

Tait always states that every album will be his last, but just give it some time... he’ll be back. Good stuff! [B.M.O.]

The Noise Reviews "Everything is Subject to Change"

A grab-bag of hard-rocking tracks in a variety of modes. “Some Days” will remind you of “Woman From Tokyo”; “Losing My Mind” will remind you of The Rolling Stones back when they were jealous of Marc Bolan; the liquescent “Don’t Stop Being a Rocker” has a diddly guitar filigree evocative of early ’60s rock. “No Soliciting” is a soulful toe-tapper; “Heart Condition” is a flat-out rocker a la The New York Dolls; “Searching the Skies” boasts a telegraphic guitar figure, and the tune evolves into a plaintive love song. “Self Awareness” is a song of thwarted love; a heavy metal grinder in a truncated march rhythm. “World of Pain” is a heavily percussive and polyrhyhmic piece of harrowingly melodramatic agitprop. You have to admire the ingenuity of Tait’s songwriting – particularly his mastery of various tropes from the history of rock ’n’ roll –but, ultimately, there’s little here that’s so original that it will truly open your eyes.  (Francis DiMenno)

Advance word on "Full 88"

"I think that the production is excellent.  The album is distinctly Paul Tait.  This album is definitely different that other releases but to me it was like Paul taking a quick stop, catching his breath, looking back down the path from which he came and then moving on to his next (project)" - Mike Beau; singer\songwriter, guitarist 3:16, Phase IV

"It's great.  No, wait, it's f**cking great!" -Ed Daley; singer\songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer

Metronome Reviews - Full 88

In the May issue of Metronome Magazine chief reviewer Doug Sloan has this to say about "Full 88"!

 

PAUL TAIT FULL 88 10-SONG CD

• IN THE SKY THERE ARE NO LINES • ONE THOUSAND TIMES • MIDNIGHT ANGELS • RAIN IN CHICAGO • RUN WILD • SOMETHING GOING ON • DESTINY • THE NOTES AND THE WORDS • UNREQUITED • SOMEONE ELSE’S EYES

There’s no denying the swagger and style of longtime North Shore based singer-songwriter-pianist Paul Tait. He’s one part Billy Joel, one part Elton John, and one part Randy Newman, but make no mistake, he’s all Paul Tait. Recently relocated to sunny Florida, Tait has written a generous collection of new songs that feature his bounding piano playing and robust lyrics and vocals. Enlisting recording engineer and multi-instrumentalist Joel Simches to assist in the project, Simches put his trademark “Chocobliss” to the overall recording making an already fully realized effort sound symphonic and well produced.

The Full 88 is one of Tait’s finest bodies of works highlighted by the tracks “Midnight Angels” with a hint of Jackson Browne, the uptempo numbers, “Run Wild” and “Something Going On,” and the somber “Unrequited” complete with resonant harpsichord.

The warmth of Florida must have been inspiring to Tait because these new songs and Paul’s musical vibe shimmers and shines with renewed purpose. Good stuff! [D.S.] Contact--www.paultaittunes.com

The Noise Reviews "Full 88"

PAUL TAIT 

Full 88    10 tracks

Tait's been at it for decades. Full 88 hits the bins with a far-reaching discography behind it, dozens of releases spanning 30-something years. While I know this to be true, I have not actually heard any of it, so I can only go by what's on display here. Basically Full 88 sounds like the work of a hetero Jobriath. Theatrical and glammy, but with a workmanlike tidiness to it all. It's driven by piano and feels like something Dennis DeYoung might do if Kilroy never took off and he was resigned to community theater. It's definitely not my kinda thing, but if you've ever attended any production of Jesus Christ Superstar anywhere and actually liked it, you'll probably dig this.    (Sleazegrinder)

The Noise Reviews "PTEP8"

The Noise, one of New Englands most respected sources for local music has this to say about “PTEP8”:

PAUL TAIT with ED DALEY
Paul Tait Music
PTEP8

6 tracks

I’m feeling a certain sound description here on the first tune.  How about Mick Jagger meets Country Joe MacDonald, with Ray Manzarek on piano, and they go jam it up in a men’s room at a Savannah truck stop? That’s a good beginning.  Really, not all the songs have this vibe.  A mix of progressive, funky raw tracks and piano ballads, the energy of undeniable songwriting collaboration is at the forefront here.  According to the bio, “This album marks the first time in 18 years Paul has worked with Ed Daley,” and I wonder why they waited so long.  The political differences?  The social circles? The bad blood? Why 18 years?  That’s an average of one song every three years.  One would think if they had waited 30 years before getting back together, they’d have enough for a full album.  Keep on keeping on, gentlemen. (Mike Loce)

Note: Ed and Paul collaborated musically.  Paul wrote all the songs!

The Noise Reviews "Mixing My Emotions: 1995-2010"

The Noise” writes this about “Mixing My Emotions”:

Paul has been performing for decades, both onstage in theatrical productions and as a solo pianist/singer/ songwriter. This is a compilation of songs recorded over a 15-year period. If you are a fan of Elton John’s power ballads from 1972-1975, you are going to really like these songs. While the production of these tunes hasn’t aged as well as the songs (right at the beginning of the home studio boom), Tait performs them with an earnest passion and relentless sense of melody. I easily could see any one of these songs playing over the end credits of some summer blockbuster, or romantic comedy. Get on that, will ya, Paul? This is not for jaded indie rockers. It’s not for the emo crowd or the punk crowd. It is for the heart on the sleeve hopeless romantic. I dare you to listen to this and not feel moved. (The Noise)

Metronome Reviews "all that is left if all that remains"

Metronome Magazine, New England’s premier music magazine since 1986, has this to say about Paul Tait’s “all that is left is all that remains”:

Singer-songwriter-pianist Paul Tait returns to the fold with a brand new collection of songs and an unwavering rock & roll attitude and vibe that is hard to deny.  From the emotionally charged album opener “No Friend of Mine” to the bebop strut of “Mr. Clean”, the undeniable rock & roll punch of “Symptom of My Slothing” and the Jerry Lee Lewis inspired “Started At The Top”, to the bounding album closer “What Better way?” Tait is in total command of the proceedings.  Joined by guitarist Casper Jones (who turns in inspired performances throughout), Tracy Ferrie on bass guitar and Pete Koeplin on drums, Tait finds the perfect foils to assist him in delivering this inspired set of originals.  Recorded at Mixed Emotions Music in Middleton by Kenny Lewis, “all that is left is all that remains” is the best body of work Tait has ever released.  -Doug Sloan

Metronome Reviews "...born at night..."

Metronome Magazine, Boston's premier publication for every facet of the city's ever dynamic and multi-style music scene, has this to say about Paul Tait's new CD "...born at night..."

For most of the new millennium, singer-songwriter-keyboardist Paul Tait has been releasing a re-mastered backlog of material from the 80's and 90's*. In some respects, it's been rewarding for Tait, but I suspect he's wanted to record new material for a very long time.

Finally Tait entered Mixed Emotions Music Studio in Middleton with Kenny Lewis at the control board and created nine new songs that eclipse his past work. With Casper Jones on guitar, Tracy Ferrie on bass, and Pete Koeplin on drums, Tait delivers a rockin' collection of songs that sizzle with muscle and originality.

Paul Tait hasn't lost a step musically. His piano playing is dynamic, energetic, and spot-on; while his vocals resonate with a new found power and emotion.

It's obvious his songwriting has grown as well. Whether he's admitting he gave up to the powers that be ("I Didn't Quit I Surrendered"), reflecting on performing live ("Play For You"), having some quirky imaginative fun ("Squirt Gun Girls"), or waxing poetic ("Wreck of The Titanic"), Tait's lyrics are creative and his music electrifying.

It should be noted that guitarist Casper Jones lends some superb solos to Tait's songs making them stand out among the din.

"...born at night..." is a great new effort from Paul Tait and one that should be enjoyed by old and new fans alike.

-Doug Sloan

Metronome Reviews "I Still Believe: The Best of Paul Tait"

Metronome Magazine, one of Boston’s oldest local music publications, reviews “I Still Believe:  The Best of Paul Tait” in its January issue:

Most of the songs on Paul Tait’s greatest hits reissue “I Still Believe” were recorded more than 20 years ago.  Fortunately for Tait, the songs still hold up today.  Displaying influences from Billy Joel to The Beatles, Tait built off those talents and found a unique musical voice of his own.  Remixed, remastered, and meticulously engineered for the digital age, the tunes on “I Still Believe” are just as enjoyable to listen to today as they were when Tait first recorded and released them.  Strongest tracks (and our favorites) include “Song To The Moon”, “Television City”, “As Then Is Now, and “Angels Of The City” –(B.M.O.)

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