Paul Colman Trio - New Map Of The World

Friday 5th July 2002
Paul Colman Trio - New Map Of The World
Paul Colman Trio - New Map Of The World

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Essential 083061068622
RRP: £4.99

Reviewed by Peter Bate

Straight-ahead earnest rock is all the rage at the mo, and the pc3 (as they like to be known) are not ones to stare a gift horse in the mouth. Following in the slipsteam of Semisonic, Jimmy Eat World and co, Australia's Paul Colman offers a spiritual slant to the genre on his group's major label debut. Openers "Turn" and "Run" are terrific rushes of guitar-pop adrenalin, Colman urging the church/world to "turn this life around" before it's too late. But, despite the catchy worship track "Fill My Cup", things sag a bit in the middle - the band clutching at the MOR safety net a bit too eagerly. Patience rewards, though, as the angsty "Selfish Song" is just around the corner, preparing the way for album highlight "I Dream", a wide-eyed vision of end-time angelic splendour that U2 would be proud of.

Peter Bate, a newspaper reporter hailing from Staffordshire, supports West Ham and enjoys The Vigilantes Of Love and all things alt country.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Turn [Listen]
2. Run [Listen]
3. Sun-Stars-Moon [Listen]
4. Fill My Cup [Listen]
5. Your Sweet Voice [Listen]
6. Africa [Listen]
7. Let Love Grow [Listen]
8. Selfish Song [Listen]
9. Love Me More [Listen]
10. I Dream [Listen]
11. The Killing Tree [Listen]
12. Lullaby [Listen]

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Product Description
In 2002, the Australian Paul Colman Trio released New Map of the World. The guitar-based pop/rock project offers listeners upbeat, yet insightful tracks. The most successful independent artist in Australia (as of 2002), the trio, composed of members Paul Colman, Phil Gaudion, and Grant Norsworthy, signed with Essential Records after their music reached both the hands of Third Day frontman Mac Powell and producer Monroe Jones.
Each song on the band's first U.S. release, from 'Run' to 'Fill My Cup,' touches on the album's theme: that as God changes and transforms your life, a new map of the world is being created with boundaries removed and bridges constructed. Additional songs include 'Sun-Stars-Moon,' 'Your Sweet Voice,' and 'Lullaby.'

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