The Designer’s Drugs: Paul Turner – Another World

Another World

Medium: Album

Stimulus: Paul Turner – Another World

Anno: 2010

This is a really pretty bit of orchestral acoustic. Turner anchors the forefront with soft vocals and guitar and fills out his songs with similarly subdued accompaniment. Usually this includes various bowed instruments, though a few songs get a splash of drums and “Astronauts” runs piano parallel to the guitar.

He’s a high-caliber songwriter, yet Turner doesn’t sway too far from his formula. Despite changing the accompaniment from song to song, many of these tracks adhere to similar structures. For Turner’s style and talent, that’s no serious crime, and running at a half hour, the album is exactly the right length. Another World might not be an album for all seasons, but for that one contemplative mood, it is perfect.

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