Phil Coulter

The Songs I Love So Well

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Pianist Phil Coulter fills the songs on Songs I Love So Well with his warm Irish brogue as well as his familiar contemporary keyboard style. Large string sections soar beneath his romantic tales of love lost and remembrances of home. While Coulter's debut 1983 Classic Tranquility was entirely instrumental, his live shows usually incorporated one or two vocal numbers. Over the years, the requests for his vocal pieces began to overwhelm the requests for his instrumentals, hence the impetus for this album. Coulter himself admits his limitations as a classic singer, but the warmth and honesty of the man expressing himself through the songs written by his own hand far outweighs any technical abilities he lacks. Most of the songs revolve around the traditional Irish longing for home ("Take Me Home," "Home From the Sea," "The Town I Loved So Well"), as well as several songs about the pain of unrequited love ("I Loved the Ground," "Keep a Candle in the Window"), all with a gruff sentimentality somewhere between Van Morrison and Leonard Cohen. While the musical feel of these songs is closer to adult contemporary, the underlying essence is pure Irish romance.

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