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CD REVIEW: PAWL - Archetypes
By Ivan Nossa - 10/28/2011 - 03:51 PM EDT

Artist: Pawl
Album: Archetypes
Genre: Rock/Soul/Funk
Sounds Like: Gavin De Graw
Technical Grade: 8/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 8/10
Commercial Value: 8/10
Overall Talent Level: 9/10
Songwriting Skills: 9/10
Performance Skill: 8/10
Best Songs: The dream is us, In the garden
CD Review: Pawl is starting to become a prolific artist, it is already his second cd that I review. And with great pleasure. This is definitely a more mature work.

First of all I have to say that he is a gifted songwriter, capable of moving effortlessly between intimate emotional revelations and nice light uptempos – often within the same song. He is able to write excellent pop rock songs with a touch of soul. His vocals are warm and emotional. The opening song, “The dream is us” can definitely be a song written by an expert successful songwriter. "In the garden" is a small jewel.

Archetypes is consistently good, an apt showcase for Paul ability to write feel-good pop songs, with satisfying rhythms and hooky choruses. The sincere passion for music, that I guess is his life, is one of the defining characteristics of the album and is really enough to make you buy the album

Overall, it’s a very accomplished work from an unknown performer that is packed with raw flair and promise, blending ambition with earthy grounding and deserving further opportunities to expand.




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