Paul Wright Is The Freshest Christian Artist In Quite Some Time| Posted August 13, 2007
I first heard Mr. Wright on 90.5 Spirit FM in Tampa, Florida when I was living in nearby Lakeland. I was going through one of the most difficult times in my life, and I remember walking around my quiet suburban neighborhood praying while listening to "You're Beautiful". This song and Shawn McDonald's "Gravity" helped me get through a tough period in my life. After listening to a few other songs off the record, I decided to support the artist that helped me through.
The aforementioned song is as it's name says, beautiful. A magnificent song, and easily the top song of 2003. Paul brings emotion into his songs like no-one else. This is probably best showcased in "Mommy, Where's Daddy?", which apparent to it's title, is about the effects of separation on a child. Wright weaves a delicate balance of being emotional, but keeping your attention the entire time.
The great thing about Mr. Wright is that he can't be fit into a genre. This album has them all, pop, hip-hop, rap, reggae, worship, acoustic rock, and various other styles. The great part? They all work. Another great thing? They're fusioned. In the case of "Your Love Never Changes", which is rap and pop, it works brilliantly. "Rock The Show" is another great upbeat dance tune, sure to rock your socks off dancing, the Lightheaded re-mix is even better.
And even though he's from Seattle, Paul has a heavy beach influence about him, as showcased in "South Beach" and "Flip Flops". I don't know of anybody else that does the types of songs that Mr. Wright does, and if they do, I'm willing to bet they don't do it as well.
The rest of the songs are excellent. In fact, this whole album is like a rare bunch of bananas, the type that is totally ripe, and every last bite is as flavorful and savory as the first. Don't believe me? Buy it for yourself. Mr. Wright is an underrated fresh blend in the world of Christian music. A musical smoothie sure to delight. This in my book is one of the top 3 debuts of all time. And it's one of the tops in my CD collection. I hope it will be yours too.