- reviewed by Andree Farias Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2003 1 Dec
For a newcomer, Paul Wright has certainly gone places. In preparation for his full-length debut, he released a preview EP a few months ago, played a key role in on the
A self-proclaimed "new generation singer/songwriter," Oregon-native Wright honed his skills as part of Frunt Row, a band he started with his college buddies. Somehow the group's enhanced EP made its way to Nashville, catching the ear of Gotee mogul Toby McKeehan. The group's material alone didn't prompt T-Mac to sign Wright. He was most impressed with the stuff Wright and his producer cooked up in the studio afterwards, which exuded a freshness atypical to the music being produced by other up-and-comers.
These tracks evolved into his debut
This lyrical simplicity is palpable in many of Wright's beach anthems, like the love-it-or-hate it "Flip-Flops," a song that's pretty self-explanatory with regards to its subject matter—namely, the author's florid summer footwear. On "West Coast Kid," another piece of ear candy, Wright and tobyMac detail the geographic relocation that followed the signing of their respective record deals: "And I'm a West coast kid living in Nashville/Moved here in the summer when I got my record deal," sings Wright. Switch coasts and seasons, and you've got T-Mac's part. "South Beach" and "Rock the Show" are poppy recollections on Wright's penchant for having fun—beachside or anywhere. The latter, particularly, boasts an infectious, tongue-twisting chorus likely bound to keep you singing for hours—involuntarily.
But it's not all fun and games. Wright really shines when he's not being silly. For example, the downtempo "Who is This Woman?" finds Wright pondering his romantic indecisions, while the touching "Mommy, Where's Daddy?" describes the questions of a child who grows up without a father. Finally, the heartfelt closer "Wonderful Creator" is a worshipful anthem and a fitting—though a bit clichéd—way to close to the album.
"If it sticks then I know it is a hit," he sings in "Rock the Show." That line seems to be Wright's mantra for