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He remembers finding someone’s copy of Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited on vinyl. He was nine, and within a few days he had memorized all the words to “Desolation Row.” It was the moment for him when he realized that songs aren’t just tunes with words: they are entire worlds that can be inhabited fully, worlds filled with strange characters, unexpected emotions, and lessons to be learned. That was the year he began to play guitar and dream up song-worlds of his own.

Some decades later, Tam Lin, aka Paul Weinfield, completed his first full-length album, In the Twilight, which will be released this winter, March 1st, 2008. In the Twilight is a testament to the very idea of a “song-world”: its fourteen tracks hit the listener on virtually every level, from their engrossing narratives to their soaring melodies and lush arrangements. The first four tracks quickly pull the listener into Tam Lin’s sweet and melancholy world. “Dark Heart” mixes Leonard Cohen-style meditations on loneliness with the falsetto laments of a Jeff Buckley. “The Age of Ignorance” changes emotional gears, painting a utopian picture of the future in a style part John Lennon and part Garcia Marquez: humans become butterflies and find their freedom. “Siddhartha” deals with alcoholism and Zen at the same time, and “Soldier Called Uriah” lashes out at the Bush administration’s invasion of Iraq through a story borrowed from the Old Testament. These are ambitious songs, but they are solid songs, songs that are accessible and easy to get lost in.

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