ALL MUSIC review of PAUL COLLINS “Feel The Noise”


The production recalls the tight, immediate sound of the classic debut album from the Beat, and Collins is writing songs that play to his strengths as a rock & roller while displaying the lyrical viewpoint of a grown man — “Walk Away” speaks of heartbreak from the perspective of someone who has dealt with it more than once, “Don’t Know How to Treat a Lady” offers some valuable advice on romance, and a tough rockin’ cover of the Four Tops’ “Reach Out I’ll Be There” speaks of the strength and determination that comes with experience. But if you’re just looking for a good time, don’t fret — “I Need My Rock ‘n’ Roll,” “Little Suzy,” and the title cut are full of fire and good energy, and show this man’s power pop credentials are absolutely up to date. Feel the Noise suggests Paul Collins is in the midst of an unexpected career renaissance, and folks who love smart pop and rock & roll with hooks and heart have been waiting for this, even if they don’t know it. – Mark Deming / All Music

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