Paul Carrack (The Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth – 30/01/16) ★★★☆☆

By: editor

There’s no doubting that when it comes to a certain type of adult-orientated pop, Paul Carrack presents great value for money.

Mind, this is no less an accolade than he has already garnered from his peers – including Jools Holland, the man he replaced in Squeeze – it is only in the last decade or so that Carrack has firmly established his solo career (spanning 19 albums including this year’s new album, Soul Shadows) after years as piano man and vocalist for hire with acts such as Roxy Music, Eric Clapton, Ace and Mike & the Mechanics. Not to mention written for many more.

Carrack does indeed possess a pleasingly mellow bluesy tone, the so-called ‘Man With The Golden Voice’. We got a whistle-stop tour of the sharp suit and trilby hat-sporting Yorkshire-man’s varied repertoire over 90 minutes which couldn’t have been much more studded with classics if you’d spent the same length of time flicking between drive-time radio stations.

Kicking off with 2 new songs from his new album, ‘Keep on lovin you’ and ‘Sleep on it’ (Soul Shadows album). ‘Love Will Keep Us Alive’, which he co-wrote for The Eagles, his tribute to Glen Fry and songs from Mike & the Mechanics’ ‘Another Cup of Coffee’ and Ace’s, ‘How Long’.

‘All that matters’ he wrote about his daughter before she took off traveling for 6 months.

An extended jam at the end of the soulful ‘Time Waits’ lets Carrack exercise some of the fleet-fingered keys work – on organ and piano – (that has made him so in-demand as a session player over the years), together with his talented 6 piece band.

It took Ace’s number 1 ‘How Long’ to finally get everyone on their feet and singing along in earnest. By the encore, and a triumphant ‘Over My Shoulder’ and ‘When my little girl is smiling’, everyone was smiling and a good concert was had by all.



Also you can check out photos taken of the night right here! – enjoy.




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