Paul Thomson

Album Title: On My Way
Release Date: 2007
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Genre: Singer-Songwriter
Windsor, Ontario based singer-songwriter Paul Thomson has been playing guitar and singing for some time now, but it’s only recently that he has “pushed aside distraction” and decided to release his debut album, On My Way. Thomson pays tribute to Canada’s Gordon Lightfoot with his narrative song structure and vocal tone, but it’s his raspy vocals that show the unique ability of his voice and song combination. This reviewer had heard Thomson back in the late 90s playing the local clubs and this particular song defined the Paul Thomson experience for me, “To Find My Way Home”, which says “all belief is just trust/to have some faith I just must/to find my way home”. Thomson loves to craft words and this album shows him as the ultimate word carpenter. His intonation is bright and clear and he keeps reasonable control of his voice and his vibrato defined.

In terms of improvements, there are always some for independent artists. Thomson is still growing in the studio, but I'd still love to see more of his natural explorations on future albums, perhaps though in a different light. This album focused on travelling, future recordings could touch upon different elements in both topic and melody, depending what he wishes to be his definitive trademark. Lightfoot talked about natural surroundings and history through his music and it worked throughout his career, it just depends what Thomson wants to do, so it should be interesting to see where the writing takes him. Those great raspy pipes could also be a little less forced as they sound on some songs in the album and there were some pitch areas that should also be clarified. Cover art is also important to state what you're about as an artist, so I would hope there would be more exploration beyond the black and white mega close up of Thomson's face, other than that, the album is a great independent release to dive into and explore. If you’re into Canadiana and the voice of a talented nomadic performer look no further than On My Way.

For more information on Paul Thomson, please visit www.paulthomsononline.com and to purchase On My Way you can visit http://cdbaby.com/cd/paulthomson.

Writer: Lindsay Whitfield


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