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Paul is Making Me Nervous

by Paul Fidalgo

Smart, quirky, and addictive music with a healthy dose of neurosis, without all the pretentiousness of the other leading brand. This is music that is both incredibly fun and moving.
Genre: Pop: Quirky
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1. Running Gag
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2. Information Desk Girl
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3. Five Billion Years
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4. What's Good For Me
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5. Stabbed in the Throat
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6. Selfless
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7. Grain of Salt
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8. Life With Me
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9. Emotional Switch
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10. Tectonic Plates
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11. Sing You to Sleep (Road Lullaby)
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12. The Immediacy of Now
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Here's a review of Paul is Making Me Nervous by Sara Holdren of "gunslinger." magazine:

The first time I listened to Paul Is Making Me Nervous, I thought, "Hey, this is pretty good." The second time, I definitely caught myself humming along and thinking, "Heyyy, this is pretty great." The fourteenth time, my roommates became nervous. Okay, so that's a slight exaggeration (it was really more like the twelfth), but I am going somewhere with all this. Point being: independent singer/songwriter Paul Fidalgo has come out with his first record, and hey. It's really great. Professional actor, D&D enthusiast, and all-around rock-star, Paul Fidalgo has created a first album that's equal parts catchy and contemplative. Paul Is Making Me Nervous is colorful, clever, pretension-free rock from beginning to end. And just to make things more impressive, there's a remarkable amount of variety within this already promising framework. There's the witty, neurotic opener "Running Gag," a fun, upbeat rock song in which Fidalgo realizes that being "a punch line, a solid bit, an easy laugh" maybe isn't all that bad after all. There's also the beautifully delicate love song "Sing You To Sleep (Road Lullaby)." "Stabbed In The Throat" is a self-aware, alt-country-tinged melody, and both "Five Billion Years" and "Selfless" are powerful comments on this country's depressing status quo. There's the grungy, garage-rock "Grain of Salt," the addictive and bright-guitared "What's Good For Me," and the quirky, pop-in-a-good-way "Information Desk Girl." Paul Is Making Me Nervous is one of those rare, fantastic albums that grows on you with every listen, the kind where your favorite song keeps changing because each one is fascinating and unique. Paul Fidalgo's first record is entirely self-produced, and the attitude such an endeavor must have taken really shows. There's a confident, free-spirited feeling to this album; it's smart, it's personal, and it's refreshingly free of all that self-conscious indie elitism. Paul may be making someone nervous, but he's definitely making me happy. This album roles an 18 in Charisma and Intelligence. It's a Critical Hit!

Okay, here's what Paul says about his own music:

I am, simply, making music that I would want to listen to myself. I am not reinventing the wheel. That would be stupid. They already invented it. Most of the time, I think my songs deal with the basic theme of wanting to be better than you are (or than you allow yourself to be), both in the positive and negative sense. But what I really want is to be a wheel-maker. Wait. No.

For a better idea, I'd say take a little Ben Folds, mix with some hearty Toad the Wet Sprocket and Matthew Sweet in a casserole dish, add a dash of Barenaked Ladies and They Might Be Giants for flavor, and then drop them off a building. Make sure there's someone below to catch it. That's me.

So go ahead right now and listen to the song samples. Go on. It'll just take a couple of minutes. I'll wait here.

Done? Good. You liked it, right? You're thinking, "Hey, it's catchy and fun, but it got me thinking and feeling, too." I think by now you're totally disarmed and ready to buy the album. And tell all your friends. Right?

Here's some stuff about me:

I was born in 1977 in Denver, Colorado and I haven't been back since. I've spent the vast majority of my life in various areas of New Jersey, but I do not want your pity. I attended Richard Stockton College in south Jersey, and got a vague degree in theatre, after which I ran away to New York to find my fortune. Instead, I found unemployment and later, Shakespeare. I've been working as an actor since 1999, and composing, arranging, and directing music with various theatre groups, sometimes touring, sometimes not. Now I'm trying very hard to get your attention with my songs.

Is it working? Let me know.


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Affecting songwriting, surprising turns
Yo Paul... I gave your CD a first listen.

Maybe I was more than usually willing to give the thing a chance because I know you, I understand your politics, and I have a personal connection to some of the stories told in the songs... but aside from that you ought to know that I found the songs to be appealing and emotionally affecting, with surprising turns taken within them.

I also appreciated the more poppish songs which really ROCK, just because of my affinity to that ilk.

So in short, good job man, and keep it up. Thanks for sharing and I look forward to more listens.


This is a super fun CD with honest & clever lyrics.
I really dig this CD. It is a fun, pop/rock mix of songs with very clever lyrics. Everyone should have it their CD collections!!

Chris T.

Paul, heard the stories. You did not disappoint. Great CD with awesome songs. Keep it real!

Denise Drago

When you play Paul is Making Me Nervous in your player or car, you just don't feel the urge to play just one or two songs. You gradually get more and more curious after each song to hear something harmonically, rhythmically, and lyrically different. That is just what Paul Fidalgo does quite amazingly with this album. Quirky, sensitive, clever, won't be disappointed.

Frances K

some of the best stuff i've heard of late
This album has taken me by surprise with its off-beat, quirky, and all around addictive pieces. It is certainly one of my favorite Christmas presents I recieved this year. The music seeps into my mind and the lyrics leave me thinking, combining to make a truly WOWing cd. I absolutly cannot wait until annother set of these mystifying works is available. *that means hurry up with the next cd man!* ^_^


Paul is Making Me Write This Review
Paul is not actually making me write this review. No, his music is the real muscle. Its fast jabs send me flying. Its hooks catch me off guard and leave me dazed. Its melodies dance around, successfully dodging my expectations, only to land a few surprising licks on my ears. Then, somehow, without me knowing, it knocks me out. "Paul is Making Me Nervous" is in fact one of the most compelling albums available today -- a coup de maitre by this notable newcomer. I'd say a coup de grace, but Paul Fidalgo always leaves me wanting more. So check it out, folks. You'll be seeing stars.

Sara Holdren

paul fidalgo liminalizes the hermeneutics of the avant garde imaginary
No really. In literary theory speak: Mr. Fidalgo's cd is the definitive work of our age in the field of methedology of musical virtuosity. Or, to use words that I actually know the meaning of: PAUL'S CD ROCKS. I promise. Buy it now. It's clever and catchy and a wonderful example of both great talent and great variety. Oh, and did I say catchy? I mean, it's not like *I* sing Running Gag in the shower to the chagrin of everyone else in the communal bathroom... I mean...

Nathan Crocker

Fun, intelligent, cool music
This debut album is a wonderful catch for any intelligent audiophile. Paul's witty and intelligent lyrics along with his genre-bending music style will have you singing these songs with a smile on yor face all day long! Buy it today!!!


this album is HOT! SEXY! and so is the man himself....

lauren m

Paul avoided the over-producing pit-fall
you know how sometimes you hear an artist live and then get the cd and it's a big disappointment. well... this is NOT that cd. paul has managed to avoid the trap many singer song writers fall into of getting so excited about making a cd that the producing gets in the way of the music. paul has found a nice balance between having fun with technology and allowing the words and his impressive musicianship to show. if you like discovering new independent stuff they don't play on the radio, this cd is worth having. oh yeah, quirky, catchy, unique, all that stuff everyone else said.
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