Orange Avenue by Paul Zollo is a brilliant collection of songs. The lyrics tell a story and each song is an adventure. The lyrics are finely crafted and weave a tapestry of romance, intrigue, Passion, spirituality. The songs are multifaceted and haunting. The music stays with me and makes me want to hear it again. Paul Zollo puts his whole heart into every song and it is very evident that he is a born storyteller. His vocals are mesmerizing and I am entranced as his voice seeps into every fiber of my being. I am totally addicted to this CD.
The title track on this CD is a beautiful and touching song about watching someone spiral into the depths of isolation and insanity after loosing a love and it brings up a melancholy mix of emotion which leaves me breathless.
Paul is joined by music legend, Art Garfunkel for a duet on the song, “Being In This World” which is a touching song about life and doing the best we can with what we have. This duet is beautiful and the harmonies are perfectly blended for an unforgettable heart song.
I think my favorite song on the album is “Antarctica” which is an expression of the isolation and fear of loss which I think we can all identify with. It’s a moving song with heart wrenching lyrics which move my soul. This song reaches a place in my heart that I had forgotten existed. It is so beautiful and Paul Zollo sings it with such emotion and passion, this song will always be in my heart.
Paul Zollo also produced this album and the production quality is among the finest I have ever heard. There are some fun sound effects that really bring the songs to life! This album is a work of art with heart wrenching ballads and toe tapping tunes which are pure fun with horns added to jazz them up and make us want to dance. Orange Avenue is a gift from a songwriter who knows how to make us want more. This CD is a must have for any music lover and I highly recommend this CD for anyone who loves a good story.
I give Orange Avenue by Paul Zollo five Stars! *****