07 Jul 2007
Rolling Stone Magazine
Stolen Apples still taste the sweetest, even after 50. It's inspiring to hear 52-year-old Paul Kelly say he's gonna 'fuck her right out of my head' and 'drink this whole town dry' on 'Right Outta My Head' – inspiring not because the singer is trying to recapture youthful abandon, but because the proclamation sounds as natural coming from him as it would from any man half his age. In fact, for a lot of Stolen Apples, Kelly puts most men half his age to shame. Whether he's reaching to 'take that very first bite' on the title track or carving out another inspirational narrative on 'The Ballad of Queenie and Rover', Kelly sounds as vibrant and valid as ever.
Backed by the same studio band he first formed for 2004's Ways and Means (a band which includes his nephew Dan), Kelly has found yet another dimension to his distinctive sound, rocking and rollicking through eleven new tracks that each hold their own against anything he's ever done.