02 Feb 2008
By Julia Gaw, Music Australia Guide
Sounding like a John Williamson tune, from Derby to Karratha, Jindabyne to Wollongong, Shepparton to Nambour and everywhere in between, Paul Kelly took his band on tour in late 2007 to promote his new album, Stolen Apples. This DVD captures a performance in the Queensland town of Toowoomba.
Stolen Apples is played start to finish, followed by 16 classic Kelly tracks including To Her Door, Before Too Long, and Dumb Things. From acoustic ballads You're 39, You're Beautiful and You're Mine and Feelings of Grief, to the energetic Keep On Driving, and classic Kelly in Lion and the Lamb, the album is a good listen. Paul Kelly is a grand storyteller, who delivers live. For a man – a performer – to stand still on stage, hands by his side for an entire song (Please Leave Your Light On) and captivate an audience with only his voice and musicality, is to that a testament. The only screams of enthusiasm from a puzzlingly subdued audience come in the first two bars of classic To Her Door. This is also where the band come alive, with Kelly leg-hopping across the stage.
I'd suggest, like a good drop of red, this DVD will be more enjoyable over time, rather than in one go, with undivided attention demanded over two hours. For a quick sip, head straight to the Triffids tribute: Kelly's cover of Raining Pleasure, performed with New Buffalo.
Paul Kelly, LIVE APPLES
Director: Paul Drane
Featuring: Paul Kelly, Dan Kelly, Ash Naylor, New Buffalo.
Extras: Award-winning God Told Me To video.