Saturday, July 22, 2017

Paul Kloschinsky

Paul Kloschinsky 

Paul Kloschinsky was born in Saskatchewan in 1963. He attended the University of British Columbia in the 1980’s and received a BSc in Computer Science and an MD. After living and working across Canada he has returned to his hometown of Delta, BC, Canada. He has played in a few rock bands in the Vancouver area since High School. He is now a Folk-Rock Singer Songwriter. He won the 2007 MusicAid Award for Best Canadian Songwriter for his original song Wearin’ Blue. He released his first album, Woodlands, February 24, 2009 on Prism/Universal in Canada. In addition to being a songwriter, he is also an avid poet and photographer. He has come a long way with several releases in-between, but I feel the need to firstly mention not to miss my take on “Gates Of Heaven” if you get that far in this review of what mostly comes off to me as a frustrated Canadian artist, as many are, even the most brilliant ones of them all. “I’m Still Waiting” kicks off the eight tracks of Crime Of Passion on a pretty high note, if you don’t get too wrapped up in the lyrics and how the vocals pace the track on with a prodding effect. It goes from sounding like a general lecture to a music lesson by the time it’s over. But there is also an excellent tune behind it to save it.

Things get more evenly better on “Crime Of Passion” even though it’s considerably slower. It shows the stronger side of him anyway. You have-to like and appreciate the American folk heroes of the past to really fir the demographic of this artist but not the song. You might even get a distinct feeling you’ve heard this somewhere before, and that takes it up to the second-best track I’m focusing on. There is even an Elvis quality to this somehow. But if you don’t get off on the old school ways, you won’t like anything on this album. That should be made as clear as possible before continuing to read. His hurt feelings come from obvious experience to comes up with a track that oozes his pain so well. It’s brutal, but it’s not the only moment of such caliber among these songs. As I mentioned it’s only one of them, the other comes later. “I Believe” has all the potential in the world, but doesn’t stand out like a few others. The same goes for others like “Sooth Me” and Johnny Cash meets folk sounding “House Upon The Hill” to name a couple. They’re not the shiniest pieces in the bunch, but still worth noting. The sound of his voice is great but not enough to call the two tracks exactly memorable moments.

“Poignant Point In Time” is where everything meets in the middle for a generally positive tune from front to back and back to front. It’s the third most listenable track on the album if you ask me. This once again proves there’s something there in him to look back into the catalog of. And “Gates Of Heaven” proves the most promising effort on offer for that and any other reason worth giving to get his music across to the masses. This is worth the wait, and you can at least trust in that much from an artist that should be exposed a lot more along the illustrious path he’s been paying dues on for all this time. 

Kevin Webber  

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