Review:'Menel, Paul & The Essentials' 'Hey, Did You Hear About Paul?'
- Genre: 'Rock'
- Release Date: '14th February 2017'
Sometimes, a release will come along that delivers something completely unexpected. The single, ‘Hey, Did You Hear About Paul?’, lifted from the forthcoming album ‘Spare Parts for Broken Hearts’ (released 14th February) was certainly unexpected. Granted, I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect from an artist who cites Sting and Joe Jackson among his influences and who once fronted 80s neo-prog band iQ. No, me neither.
‘Hey, Did You Hear About Paul?’ Is a weirdly bombastic 80s-sounding effort which comes on in places like bad Marillion. Menel’s voice is curiously theatrical and the whole thing is an awkward amalgamation of prog pomp and pop accessibility.
It’s better than some of his promo shots, but only just.