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October 1999

Paula Cole "Amen"

Paula Cole new release "Amen" lacks the fire of her previous album.

Paula Cole*** Amen (WEA) Paula Cole’s previous album, This Fire, which includes mega-hit Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?, was the definitive breakthrough in the New Yorker’s career. Seven Grammy nominations have put her in a class with other female vocalists active in the same genre, such as Joni Mitchell and Sheryl Crow. With Amen, her third album, Cole impresses once again with her powerful voice and lyrics that hover somewhere between feminist and feminine. What prevents the work from attaining greatness is its lack of fire — something Cole will need to work on in subsequent recordings.

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