Jealous Haters Since 1998!
Home | News | Reviews | Day In Rock | Photos | RockNewsWire | Singled Out | Tour Dates/Tix | Feeds
Pablo - Half the Time Review

by Kevin Wierzbicki

.
Paul Schalda is the lead singer and songwriter behind Pablo but the band is sort of a family affair. Paul's brother William Schalda, Jr. contributes piano while the Strandberg brothers, William and Michael, hold down the rhythm section. Everyone is a background singer and to add a feminine touch to the band, the singers include Paul's wife Margaret. And on Half the Time's opening track, William Schalda, Sr. blows a little blues harp. "Wall Street" begins slowly, with Paul singing about taking a job on the dollar-drenched street with all the enthusiasm of a man walking to the gallows. About half way through the dirge-like number, the music explode from gentle guitar and harmonica to a cacophony of slide guitar, cymbal crashes and other effects that imply the deed has been done. Basically the song encapsulates the feeling that a life has been wasted dreaming, and now it's too late. "Half the Time" is a jazzy number incorporating finger-snapping as percussion that borrows melodically from Steely Dan while the arrangement of "Focus" recalls the style of Blind Melon. Pablo's music isn't overtly psychedelic but on "Calm Down" you can imagine a forest of mushrooms and flower petals leaping and swirling about. Paul wrote everything here except for "This Will Be Our Year," an obscure cut originally done by the Zombies. As Paul sings in one of his lyrics, these are conversations based on his life, and as interpreted by this tight-knit group, you can't help but empathize.


CD Info and Links

Pablo - Half the Time

Label:Curb Appeal
Rating:

Preview and Purchase This CD Online

Visit the official homepage

More articles for this artist

tell a friend about this review

.


...end


.
News Reports
.
Day in Rock:
Def Leppard Lead Rock Hall Class Of 2019- Ace Frehley Unwittingly Revisited KISS Hit 'Beth'- Van Halen Frontman David Lee Roth Launches New Venture- Stevie Nicks- more

 Subscribe To Day in Rock

. .
  .
.

 

Tell a Friend about this page - Contact Us - Privacy - antiMusic Email - Why we are antiMusic

Copyright© 1998 - 2013 Iconoclast Entertainment Group All rights reserved. antiMusic works on a free link policy for reprinting of our original articles, click here for details. Please click here for legal restrictions and terms of use applicable to this site. Use of this site signifies your agreement to the terms of use.