Magazine article New Internationalist

[Parry, Nigel. This Side of Paradise]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[Parry, Nigel. This Side of Paradise]

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by Nigel Parry (MP3.com 91557 CD)

Recorded live at a series of coffee bars and other venues (including a home studio in the West Bank town of Ramallah) singer-song-writer Nigel Parry's This Side of Paradise describes a hell-on-earth situation which, judging by current news from Palestine and Israel, gets worse by the week.

Parry, who spent some time teaching at Bir Zeit University, has first-hand experience of life during the intifida so it's not surprising that This Side of Paradise is fuelled with a passion that's aroused by the injustice of recent Palestinian history.

The title track catalogues the painful smallness of lives disrupted and destroyed; the impossibility of leading anything like an ordinary existence. If some of the imagery can be at times heavy-handed or the rhyme-schemes a little obvious (Tel Aviv and relieve), any teeth-tingling is outweighed by the overall impact. …

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