Too Blessed To be Stressed

Paul Thorn

Perpetual Obscurity/Thirty Tiger 2014

Review by David Bowling


Paul Thorn is now about 20 years into his career. The roots and blues artist has just released his latest album titled Too Blessed To Be Stressed.

He has continued to explore new directions with his latest release. His 2012 album, What The Hell Is Goin’ On was his first album of cover songs. He has now returned to original material as he wrote or co-wrote 10 of the 11 tracks. He has veered away from the personal stories that have dominated his material in the past as now his lyrics are more philosophical explorations of life.

He has always had a subtle humor in many of his lyrics. “I Backslide On Friday” is about the art of procrastination. “Mediocrity Is King” is a biting criticism of celebrity worship and our addition to stuff. “Everything Is Gonna be Alright” travels in a different direction as the rocking music celebrates the joyful side of life.

He backing band is a tight outfit whose sound has been honed by two decades on the small-club concert circuit. Guitarist Bill Hinds, keyboardist Michael Graham, drummer Jeffrey Perkins, and bassist Ralph Friedrichsen interpret his music without over whelming the vocals. It takes a veteran band to know when to step-forward and when to step-back.

His music tends to have a personal quality to it as he forms a personal relationship with his listeners. The former boxer and son of a preacher man has delivered another album of positive and enjoyable music.

Rating: ***