So Much Water So Close to Home

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So Much Water So Close to Home
Studio album by Paul Kelly and the Messengers
Released August 1989
Recorded February–March 1989
Genre Folk rock
Length 40:58
Label Mushroom/White (Australia)
A&M (U.S.)
Producer Scott Litt, Paul Kelly
Paul Kelly and the Messengers chronology
Under the Sun
(1987)
So Much Water So Close to Home
(1989)
Comedy
(1991)
Singles from So Much Water So Close to Home
  1. "Sweet Guy"
    Released: June 1989
  2. "Careless"
    Released: November 1989
  3. "Most Wanted Man in the World"
    Released: March 1990
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone magazine 3/5 stars[2]

So Much Water So Close to Home is an album by Australian rock band Paul Kelly and the Messengers and was originally released in August 1989.[3][4] The title comes from a short story of the same name by author Raymond Carver.[5] Carver had died in August 1988,[6] Kelly would go on to co-write the score for the 2006 Australian film Jindabyne, [7] which was also based on the same story.[5] The entire album was recorded in the U.S. with producer Scott Litt,[4] best known for his work with R.E.M.. It was released on Mushroom/White Records in Australia and A&M Records in the United States.[4] The album peaked at #10 on the ARIA album charts,[8] but none of its singles, "Sweet Guy", "Careless" and "Most Wanted Man in the World" had any Top 40 chart success.[8] All tracks for the album were written by Kelly,[9] who provided vocals, guitar and harmonica and also co-produced with Litt.[4]

Background[edit]

Paul Kelly had formed Paul Kelly and the Coloured Girls in 1985, named for Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side".[3][4][10] For international releases from 1987 they used the name Paul Kelly and the Messengers to avoid possible racist interpretations.[3][10] They released Gossip in 1986 on Mushroom Records in Australia and in 1987 on A&M Records for international release.[4] Under the Sun was released in 1987 in Australia and in 1988 internationally.[4]

Their next album, So Much Water So Close to Home was released in 1989 as by Paul Kelly and the Messengers in all markets,[4] it peaked at #10 on the ARIA album charts,[8] but none of its singles reached the ARIA Top 40 Singles charts.[8] The entire album was recorded in the U.S. with producer Scott Litt,[4] best known for his work with R.E.M.. Litt had re-mixed some of Paul Kelly and the Coloured Girls' tracks from Gossip for its US release as by Paul Kelly and the Messengers.[3][4] So Much Water So Close to Home was released on Mushroom/White Records in Australia and A&M Records in the United States and Europe in 1989.[4] The title comes from a short story of the same name by author Raymond Carver.[5] Album track, "Everything's Turning to White" is based on Carver's short story,[11] it describes the tale of hunters/fishermen who find a dead woman's body but continue their trip for three days before reporting their discovery to police.[12] Kelly would go on to co-write the score for the 2006 Australian film Jindabyne,[7] which was also based on the same story.[5] In 1991 Paul Kelly and the Messengers released their next album Comedy.[3][4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Paul Kelly.[9]

  1. "You Can't Take It with You" – 2:43
  2. "Sweet Guy" – 3:38
  3. "Most Wanted Man in the World" – 3:38
  4. "I had Forgotten You" – 2:59
  5. "She's a Melody (Stupid Song)" – 4:31
  6. "South of Germany" – 3:16
  7. "Careless" – 2:57
  8. "Moon in the Bed" – 3:03
  9. "No You" – 4:19
  10. "Everything's Turning to White" – 4:11
  11. "Pigeon/Jundamurra" – 2:03
  12. "Cities of Texas" – 3:40

Personnel[edit]

Paul Kelly and the Messengers

Additional musicians

Recording details

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Rolling Stone magazine review
  3. ^ a b c d e McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Encyclopedia entry for 'Paul Kelly'". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86448-768-2. Retrieved 2008-11-03. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Holmgren, Magnus. "Paul Kelly". Australian Rock Database. Passagen.se (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 22 October 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Jindabyne movie bios". Sony Films. Retrieved 2008-05-12. 
  6. ^ "Literary Encyclopedia: Raymond Carver". The Literary Dictionary Company Limited. Retrieved 2008-11-03. 
  7. ^ a b "Jindabyne (2006) - Full cast and crew". Internet Movie Database (IMDb). Retrieved 2008-11-03. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Discography Paul Kelly". Australian Charts Portal. Retrieved 2008-11-03. 
  9. ^ a b "Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) search engine". APRA. Retrieved 2008-11-02.  Note: requires user to input song title e.g. YOU CANT TAKE IT WITH YOU
  10. ^ a b Jenkins, Jeff; Ian Meldrum (2007). Molly Meldrum presents 50 years of rock in Australia. Melbourne, Vic.: Wilkinson Publishing. ISBN 978-1-921332-11-1. Retrieved 2008-08-17. 
  11. ^ Farber, Jim (1989-11-02). "Paul Kelly: So Much Water So Close to Home". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2008-11-03. 
  12. ^ DeGagne, Mike. "So Much Water, So Close to Home Overview". allmusic. Retrieved 2008-11-03.