PAUL BURCH ‘Light Sensitive’


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There’s a perennial sincerity on Paul Burch’s latest album, Light Sensitive. Though he has the writing genius to enter into the grim realities of love, life, and death, Burch spends his time bringing listeners stories of, well, love, life, and death, but without the grimness that so often comes with those tales. Instead, with the help of his band, the WPA Ballclub, Burch spins sagas that sound too familiar to be true, continuing to set him apart from anyone who might claim to be his contemporary.

Whether with his lyrics or music, Burch won’t allow himself to be relegated to the corner of any one genre; he and his band can effortlessly summon the gods of rock and roll just as easily as they pay tribute to the jazz greats that have come before. And they do it all with the help of some good friends like Luther Dickinson, who lends his slide guitar skills to “Fool About Me,” and Robyn Hitchcock, who shares in vocal duties on the unforgettable “Flight to Spain.” The highlight of Light Sensitive arrives on the instant-classic “The Tell,” a song that is as mysterious as the narrative it weaves. With Aaron Lee Tasjan providing gorgeous harmony vocals.  It’s a song that’s as catchy as it is enigmatic — a perfect combination for Burch and company.