Maine resident and tortured soul, Paul Bergmann swoons and croons through ten tunes conceived and recorded in Los Angeles and produced by avant-garde composer Brendan Eder.
It features a swelling string section on the title track, a discreet vibraphone on The Heart Is A Rock By The Sea and a somewhat overblown full-orchestral accompaniment on Where Were You?.
Occasionally some wry humour lightens the otherwise dour mood as the pent up feelings build up to the penultimate trackEmma, From The Valleys Of Her Heart.
In this song he lets it all hang out with a cathartic release of romantic ideals. This is the longest track (8 minutes) and, with no fussy arrangement, in many ways the simplest. Here the poetic elements don't cloud the lovelorn message so after "The darkness of morning subsides" the singer lays bare his emotional soul for all to hear.
After this, the subtext of the gentle closing song The Wind seems to be 'Thank God I finally got all that off my chest'.
According to Bergman's PR blurb "There is no word in the English dictionary that properly captures the easily recognizable, yet difficult to describe sensation of being both happy and sad at the same time"..
What's wrong with 'bittersweet' all of a sudden?, I ask myself.
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