PAUL SCHREUDER: Shelter From the Norm
By Ben Mortensen
This evidently talented Wellingtonian singer/songwriter has been in the music game a while now and even won a Silver Scroll Award for a song he wrote back in 1980, which features as a bonus track at the end of this album. This is his fourth album and he is currently recording a fifth. 'Shelter From the Norm' has a clean, easy sound and even though none of the tracks really jump out at you, it is an enjoyable listen. In truth, I think the fact that it doesn't contain anything too catchy gives it a real humble, down to earth quality. Most of the songs have a simple but well-constructed, polished feel, with interesting, thought provoking lyrics. He incorporates standard instruments like guitars, bass, piano and organs as well as other string instruments such as the mandolin, banjo and fiddle. Title track Shelter From the Norm has a beautiful guitar and organ intro and Schreuder's mild and soothing voice lets you follow along in much the same way you would listening to a bedtime story.