#albumoftheday / #amlistening = DOE PAORO: SOFT POWER
Doe Paoro’s Soft Power album is her generation’s answer to Carole King’s Tapestry. Heartfelt, earnest singer-songwriter tunes with thought-provoking and insightful lyrics made with real instruments, including lots of smooth piano. All decorated with a wide variety of influences. For example, “Over” has a distinct Motown vibe while other tracks, like “Guilty” and “Cage of Habits,” have soul written all over them.
If she ever needs the money, I have no doubt that Doe could make a fortune writing songs for adult-oriented radio artists. I can easily hear everyone from Carly Simon to Streisand singing her work. That said, if she ever does start writing for others, I hope she won’t release any less music herself. That’s partially because the world needs more of Doe’s exemplary albums. And also because her records rank high among those that I cling to like oxygen when I find myself drenched in melancholy, as it quickly becomes obvious that she knows pain as well as joy when you absorb the words that she sings.
An entertainment journalist for 20 years, Michael McCarthy was a columnist and contributing editor for the magazines Lollipop and LiveWire. He co-created and wrote for Cinezine, one of the '90's most popular movie E-zines. The only time he's not listening to music is when he's watching television shows and movies or reading, usually music magazines.