Acclaimed U.K. harpist Ruby Paul returns with new album featuring the 'Forbidden Fruit' of jazz and acoustic folk
(Published: December 15, 2010)
(Yorkshire, England) - Written by Robert Sutton. It topped the download charts in the Middle East in April 2009, but Forbidden Fruit, the latest album from U.K.-based singer/songwriter Ruby Paul, is just starting to gain attention in the rest of the world with reviews slated to appear in prominent jazz and mainstream music sites. A collection of acoustic-based love songs, Forbidden Fruit brings Paul's fragile, softly crooning vocals to the surface, quite different from her work as a professional harpist.
Recently selected by Brides
magazine as Recommended Harpist for Weddings, Paul has released three albums that stitch together her jazz, folk, and singer/songwriter influences. A classically trained harpist, Paul has performed regularly throughout the U.K. and was the only British harpist invited to perform at the International Harp Festival near Barcelona, Spain in June 2010.
On Forbidden Fruit, the spotlight falls on Paul's delicate voice which combines the wounded sweetness of the late Karen Carpenter and the soulful richness of Norah Jones. With its stripped-down, unplugged setting, there is an air of intimacy created between the artist and the listener, allowing the emotions in the songs to truly pour through. In "You've Stolen My Heart," Paul's melancholic yearning reaches into the pits of despair; however, it's a beautiful ache, one that is embellished by the dark shadows of the guitar. But it's not all about pain. "Shaking like a Leaf" has the twee appeal of indie pop as Paul describes a schoolgirl crush with fetchingly articulated innocence. The guitar playing is crisply recorded, especially on "Something Strong," wherein each string is keenly felt. A plaintive cover of Leon Russell's "This Masquerade" has a warm coffeehouse vibe while "I'll Always Be There" finds Paul in an irresistibly upbeat mood.
Although dissimilar to her renowned accomplishments as a harpist, Forbidden Fruit nevertheless retains the graceful loveliness and good taste that has enabled Paul to win over audiences throughout England.
More Information: http://www.rubypaul.com