Paul Middleton is set to release his brand new, aptly named covers album ‘Covers 3’. He is an artist who has toured extensively all over England, Ireland, Spain, Germany the USA and, he is set to tour in Brussels soon. ‘Covers 3’ is is a wonderful collection of well known and well-loved songs which have been recorded and produced in Middleton’s unique and classic sound.
‘Covers 3’ is crammed with classic songs from the beginning to the end. We always feel a tad dubious about cover songs of iconic songs but from the first note, we knew we were safe in Paul Middleton’s tones. ‘Careless Whisper’ is a stunning version of a classic song. In the beginning, there is sparse instrumentation, (just piano and vocals) which allows the luscious vocals to shine. We were mightily impressed with the string arrangement on the song and the harmonies which are also provided by Middleton himself.
Other stand out tracks for us are, ‘Fast Car’, it features Tracy Chapman’s unmistakable guitar riff and the driving kick drum drives the song forward. The original release was in 1988 and Middleton’s version has been modernised and innovated for 2018. We also adored Adele’s classic, ‘When We Were Young’. Again, the strings are gorgeous and Middleton delivers a relatable and emotional performance of a classic song. Norah Jones’s ‘Come Away With Me’ is another beautiful highlight. From the synths to the mesmerising electric guitars (which offer the sparse but very welcomed licks), to the reverb on the tambourine, it is a fresh look at a classic song. Stunning.
We can not get over the amount of emotion and passion Middleton is able to convey in his performances on this album. Each song has had its own sprinkling of Middleton magic which has elevated it to another level. His tone is soft and sensitive but certainly packs a punch when it is needed. He has characteristics all of his own and these make for a sound which is undeniably his.
After losing his mother to Cancer, Paul decided to donate the profits of his first two albums of covers to Cancer Research. He is also constantly raising awareness of Mental Health issues with various charities too. He is clearly quite a remarkable human being as well as a talented artist.
One thing is for sure, Paul Middleton will have your toes tapping and your voice singing along in no time! Check out this magnificent talent today.
Reviewed by FVReviews October 2018
Get the release: www.paulmiddleton.bandcamp.com/merch/covers-3-cd