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Much more than just one good reason March 13 2007
By John R. Chaney - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase pick up this CD! Recently I was at a book and music shop in Louisville and they were clearing out their cassettes. That was where I got my copy of One Good Reason, which I actually got for my gf because she likes Don't Shed a Tear. After a listen or two however, I stole the tape back from her, and I've listened to it everyday since. This album is nothing short of brilliant. I'm not even a fan of mainstream pop, but this album is so incredibly good, it's irresistable.

1. One Good Reason - The title track. Has an amazing groove. The song is dark, but somehow uplifting. I think he uses some kind of tympani, or at least a synthesized tympani to get that sound on the main riff.

2. When You Walk In the Room - This is actually a remake, I read off of the Carrack website, and it is the only song Paul plays off this album in concert currently, which is a shame. I don't know who the female singer on this song is, but boy is she strong. The harmonies are brilliant here. This song has an amazing key change that makes for a very nice build up just before the finish.

3. Button off My Shirt - A nice, mid-tempo bubblegum chewer, but don't mistake it, Paul sings in full soulfulness in that range only he can hit.

4. Give me a Chance - Tearjerker. Slow with keys. One of the most amazing ballads I've ever heard.

5. Double It Up - My personal favorite song on this album and one of my favorite songs ever. It reminds you of The Heat Is On by the tempo, and the riff is a bit like the Police's Demolition Man, but that doesn't ruin it for me at all. This song would be great in an action movie, maybe during the opening credits. The whole thing is an adrenaline rush. I've tried to sing it many times but it's way too high. On this number, Paul demonstrates an ability to drive the song, to be bluesy and soulful, and have power at the top of his range, all at the same time. The guitars are excellent in this song, as are the horns, but I suspect they are synthesized.

6. Don't Shed A Tear - It's a priveledge to say that this is one of the weaker songs on the album, but it's still a good song. No further comment needed here, this was a major hit in the US.

7. Fire With Fire - This is a great song. I thought, from a songwriter's perspective, that it was clever how they went into that bridge section just before the refrain. That really set it up nicely.

8. Here I Am - Kind of a fast shuffle beat number. This is one of those songs that you wish you knew the lyrics to so you could really try hard to hit those notes, even though you probably don't have a shot in hell. A very singable, danceable upbeat happy song.

9. Collrane - If I'm not mistaken, Collrane is a woman's first name. I've never heard it over here in the US, maybe it's popular over in Europe. This song is sort of dark, but has an epic feel - a tour de force for the band. If I'd written it, I would have included more tension and had more solos to try for a Stairway to Heaven effect, but as it is, which is somewhat short and sweet, the power and gravity of the emotions are fully there. The bass groove is really cool here, too. The echo on the drums was a nice touch. The whole thing screams of intrigue!

10. Figure in Your Life - If this song doesn't bring a tear to your eye, you have no soul. This is a question I think every man has asked a woman, in some way, at some time. This is where PC really shines: he has a knack for finding that little dark spot in your heart and putting it into the right song with the right lyrics.

I guess that about does it for my long-winded review. I can't speak highly enough about the album. It's too bad you can't get it on iTunes and there are no samples here. Maybe you can find CDs out there somewhere. Suburban Voodoo was on CD, this should be too, if it isn't.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Paul Carrack's "One Good Reason" June 24 2008
By 99D2Kid - Published on
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"One Good Reason" is one of Paul Carrack's finest works to date. The obvious stand outs are the title track "One Good Reason" and "Don't Shed a Tear," both songs are upbeat pop and are a fun listen. If you like these songs, you'll enjoy the album. The entire album is masterpiece!

When You Walk in the Room: A slow upbeat pop song featuring a collaberation with a woman (I don't remember her name)who has some the most powerful vocals I've heard.

Button off My Shirt: Pop/Carribean-drumed/R&B song. One the best from the album. I read that this song was orginally written for Tina Turner but was then taken up by Carrack. (This song also made it on the charts, too!)

Double It Up: Another upbeat pop song, not the strongest of the bunch, but that's my opinion. You may beg to differ.

Fire With Fire: It's similar to "Double it Up," but I find it has a little more punch behind it.

Here I Am: Here's a feel-good song that will make your day. Good music and catchy chorus all with a "if you need someone, I'm here for you" message.

Collrane: A heavy, dark song with a mix of rock and synth. Probably one of the best songs on the album, I only wished this song gained more attention! And who would've known that "Collrane" is actually a real name?

Both ballads "Give me a Chance" and "(Do I Figure) in Your Life" are probably some of his best works. The songs demostrate Carrack's powerful vocals and deliever the lyrics with intention. They really touch your soul!

If you enjoy this album, I also recommend "Suburban Vodoo" and "Groove Approved."
Fire With Fire,Soul With Soul April 21 2015
By Andre S. Grindle - Published on
Paul Carrack has been a familiar name to me since I was a child and first heard the Squeeze classic "Tempted". Later on it came to my attention that he was also one of the 80's British blue eyed soul mainstays as a solo artist with his own band. Since all of his solo albums generally seemed to be mentioned in high regard next to contemporaries such as Simply Red and Paul Weller's Style Council? It just became a question of what I'd find of his first. Just so happened to be this 1987 release,found on vinyl. And very very happy to have it in my collection.

The title song that opens the album,'Double It Up","Fire With Fire and "Here I Am" are all fiery dance/funk with very strong rhythms pinning the songs electronic orchestration but otherwise organic content right down. The Springsteen/Spector style wall of sound "When You Walk In The Room" and the gated drum progressive oriented fusion/pop Phil Collins like groove of "Collrane" represent a larger sounding end of the album. "Button Off My Shirt" is a breezy pop/reggae Caribbean style number while "Give Me A Chance" and "(Do I Figure) In Your Life" are both stripped down soul/pop ballads.

Carrack's focus on this album,mostly an uptempo contemporary funk/rock/soul hybrid,is on his intricate melodies and honest lyricism. This album revels in the fact it was made in 1987 in terms of it's production. Yet the basic rhythms and structures of all of these songs are squarely in the 60's and 70's American Northern soul tradition that had inspired Carrack from the outset. Been saying for years along with my friend Henrique that the late 80's represented a superb blend of classic soul/funk stomps in the modern production idiom. And this album is solid gold proof that it's very true.
Nice mastering, solid songs on Carrack's third solo album--not quite as good as "Suburban Voodoo" or "Groove Approved". June 21 2015
By Wayne Klein - Published on
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Although the production is of its time, Paul Carrack's "One Good Reason" is a strong solo album with good material. Paul's in great voice throughout. This album also sounds quite good in its original mastering--very dynamic and crankable without any weird EQ choices and good source tapes.

It's not quite as strong as "Nightvird" or "Suburban Voodoo" --Nick Lowe was a much better and sympathetic producer for Carrack than Mike and The Mechanic's producer Chris Meil--but it's a solid outing from Carrack. The follow up album "Groove Approved" returned him to the top tier as an artist.

The booklet is pretty basic lacking even song credits which is a bit disappointing but fans can look up the credits on the Internet.
Like it! June 25 2012
By Trish - Published on
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Love this CD. I bought for 1 particular song, but as I listened to it, I like all of it! I very rarely purchase used products online, but I did with this cd. It is in perfect condition except for the plastic case. The hinge is broken. The seller could have easily put it in one that was not.