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Paul Kelly's remarkable new 11-song album "Spring and Fall" -- his 19th studio album and first collection of new material in five years -- ranks with the seminal Australian singer-songwriter's most memorable and resonant work, demonstrating why he's virtually a national hero in his home country and one of the most celebrated songwriters on the planet.

"Spring and Fall" arrives November 6 on the heels of an extended period of retrospective activity, during which Kelly celebrated his extensive body of work with the release of the career-spanning 40-song compilation "Songs From the South (Volumes 1 & 2)" and the eight-CD, 105-song live box set "The A-Z Recordings." In addition, there is an ongoing catalog re-issue campaign underway for his original (non-A&M) albums, most of which have long been out of print, or were never released in North America. He also wrote a book, a well-received "mongrel memoir" titled "How To Make Gravy," the audio book version featured readings from Kelly as well as a bonus disc of readings from some of Australia's greatest actors, including Cate Blanchett, Russell Crowe, Judy Davis and Hugh Jackman. His entire catalog has been re-mastered and re-released through his own label, Gawd Aggie Recordings, distributed by CEN/RED Distribution in the U.S.

In a career that's spanned more than 30 years, Kelly has released a steady stream of albums showcasing his emotionally vivid, musically expansive songwriting and his uncanny ability to distill a novel's worth of narrative and character detail into an effortlessly melodic pop tune.

Amanda Palmer has stated that "His songwriting is up there with the greats... the bittersweet and hard-core honesty of his lyrics is the sort of thing you'll only see once in a lifetime if you're lucky", while Neil Finn of Crowded House asserts, "There is something unique and powerful about the way Kelly mixes up everyday detail with the big issues of life, death, love and struggle -- not a trace of pretense or fakery in there." Australian alt-country diva Kasey Chambers says, "If I was only allowed to listen to one artist for the rest of my life, I would choose Paul Kelly."


"'Spring and Fall' is a song cycle," Kelly explains. "It's been five years since I made a record, and perhaps the experience of writing a book during that time made me attuned to the idea of developing a close-knit structure for the next album I did. I knew I didn't just want to put out a collection of songs that were loosely related to each other.


Beyond the copious tributes and accolades, it's Paul Kelly's songs, and his knack for performing them with maximum conviction, that makes him a world-class creative force, and "Spring and Fall" ranks with his most powerful work. After more than three decades of music-making, his work remains every bit as adventurous and inspired as ever.


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