Paul Sachs releases his sixth independent release “Full Detroit”. The 2013 Kerrville “New Folk” winner introduces us to a host of characters familiar and honest. Paul Sachs sings with a phrasing that’s familiar but the story is all his own, and it tells your story too. Listening to this album is like an old friend. It will give you chills it’ll put a lump in your throat and will leave you knowing that you are listening to something special
Self produced with Mark Dann and recorded engineered and mastered by Dann, all songs are written by Sachs. The musicians on the album are Paul Sachs-Acoustic Guitar and vocals, Mark Dann-Bass, Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Steve Holley-Drums, Pete Levin- Piano and Hammond Organ, Sara Milonovich -Violin and Backing Vocals and Dirje A Childs- Cello. Additionally, Jody Kruskal plays Concertina on “People Are A Lot Of Work”, and Fooch Fischetti Pedal Steel on “The Good Bad Luck Brings”.
The opening track, “Foxhole Prayer” begins with Paul’s beautiful finger style acoustic guitar. He states that there is no we. In the end you can be partners and you can be buddies, you can be best friends and lovers but in the end of all things you’re all alone.
“Leave A Little Heaven Behind” is a full band swan song of sorts, (they are not really leaving us). The keys perfectly compliment this rousing pub song. It’s not that your saying goodbye so much as just getting ready. You start to realize the things you haven’t done and that you’re running out of time.
Violin and keyboards beautifully compliment the story in “Family Secrets”. There is a longing for remembering and asking are they true or not. As the secrets are taken to the grave.
“Old Happiness” is a jangly guitar number that leaves you feeling good.
A song with a Austin/Cajun vibe, “People Are a Lot of Work” is a song title that speaks for it self. The concertina makes the song. It’s fun. Radney Foster comes to mind on this one.
The deep sounding guitar intro for “Full Detroit” is dark and brooding. It evokes a crumbling or abandoning of what we are, followed by a moment of clarity only to find those around you are still in denial.
Like “Full Detroit”, “Glorious Failure” is a favorite on the album. What causes us to try to meet the expectations of others or allow ourselves to be used for someone else’s design. More of Paul’s finger style acoustic. It is beautifully stated and has one of my favorites lyrics from the album, “some give 100% I give 99”.
“Beautiful Friend” has a much brighter tone and feeling. It’s a thank you letter to a friend who’s been there over the years. Someone who doesn’t mind the bad and celebrates the good. A friend who will hold your hand. We all could use a beautiful friend or a well written thank you from an old friend.
“Hit and Run” is a narrative that records every moment with clarity and provides the human element for and otherwise inhumane occurrence.
“The Good Bad Luck Brings” is pure country complete with exquisite pedal steel. And that title, it doesn’t get any more country than that.
“Full Detroit” is an album of reflection. At a certain point in a career, at a time in ones life, as someone who is paying attention to what is unfolding around them, it’s impossible not to be reflective. Thankfully Paul Sachs is taking notes for us. This is my first listen to his music. It won’t be my last. Friends have all but hit me over the head with this album. I thank them for their persistence. This is a good one. Listen for yourself. You can thank me later.
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