With special thanks to James Moore at Independent Music Promotions, I can share some wonderful articles written by multiple publications from across the US and UK. The More I Give is getting some fine attention!
Guitar Girl Magazine (UK)
“Encompassing 10-tracks, The More I Give begins with “Call It Home,” a gorgeous, elegant folk song rolling out on glistening acoustic guitars riding a mid-tempo rhythm. Rippling layers of soft coloration imbue the tune with lustrous, creamy textures as Paula’s dulcet voice provides warm, velvety timbres.”
Vinyl Chapters (Jamie Parmenter)
“As we get to the deeper cuts, Standing carries on with a sultry flow and rounds off the album like a nice hug. The strings in Just Like Its Mine make you feel like you’re in the old-time plains of America, sitting on a porch in a rocking chair as guitar caresses the soul and sweeps you onwards.”
Obscure Sound (Indie Music Blog)
“The album’s self-titled track is especially impactful. Solemn piano is patiently accompanied by emotive vocals and gradual acoustics. The strings and piano intensify as a vocal duet emerges: “And I can’t help wonder how it all began / And I can’t help wonder when it’s gonna end.” The track showcases Standing’s gripping songwriting in passionate form.”
Breaking and Entering Milwaukee (US)
“a richness to detail in the instrumentation that far exceeds that of most albums. The array of stringed instruments whirl and tread waves of water of notes and rhythms, spending a fair amount of time on each track humming along sans drums. Standing gets down, as it were, on the vocals with a strenuous voice timed with canny inflections to spotlight some credible songwriting that’s another hallmark of this collection.”
“Understated music like this is what makes the world go round. Memorable, effortlessly connecting to the listener. Each song is a story with a purpose, holding a myriad of meaning for all.
Paula Standing is a bit of a dark horse. These songs might seem straight forward enough at first listen. However, she has a secret weapon. Talent.”
For Folk’s Sake (Interview by Jonathan Frahm)
“Cut from the same tapestry as the likes of Dar Williams or Shawn Colvin, Standing’s folk is blended with subtle pop sensibilities and a whole lot of knowing—about life, and how she’s living it.”
Raised By Cassettes (Blog)
While the music of Paula Standing can have a folk sound overall- those acoustic guitar vibes which sometimes border on country- there are a few other sounds to be found within here as well.