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​Paul Kelly achieves his first ever ARIA No. 1!

Posted by Tori Vallen on

Congratulations to iconic Aussie artist Paul Kelly, who's achieved his first ever ARIA No. 1 for his new album ‘LIFE IS FINE’, debuting at the top of the albums chart!


Today Paul Kelly’s 23rd studio album, LIFE IS FINE, delivers the iconic singer songwriter a remarkable career milestone - his first ever Number One on the ARIA Albums Chart.

A distinguished 40-year career has seen Kelly chalk up multi-platinum sales, numerous ARIA Awards and an ARIA Hall Of Fame induction in 1997, however that No. 1 had proved to be elusive. LIFE IS FINE changes all that, the album delivering an energy reminiscent of Paul’s finest ‘80s recordings, and garnering a new legion of fans alongside critical acclaim.

The album’s highlights include sizzling opener, Rising Moon, rocking lead single Firewood and Candles and fun songslike Leah: The Sequel and My Man’s Got A Cold. The humorous tunes contrast with another of Kelly’s exquisite songs of regret, Letters in the Rain, and the rich imagery at the heart of Petrichor.

Featured on the album are Vika and Linda Bull on vocals, Dan Kelly and Ashley Naylor on guitars, Bill McDonald on bass, Cameron Bruce on keys and Peter Luscombe on drums.

Life Is Fine is one of Kelly’s strongest and most evocative albums, another treasure to sit proudly on the shelf beside any of his earlier classics.

“Australian National Treasure's 23rd album could be his best” MOJO, 4 stars

“A formidable sonic landscape” – The Music, album of the week, 4 stars

“Upbeat, cool, carefree jams”

“A Paul Kelly album like Paul Kelly used to make. 8/10” – Uncut

"Punchy, life affirming album" - Fairfax, EG & Shortlist, 4 stars

“There are tons of reason why Life Is Fine is a great record. But there are no more compelling than the fact that it’s Paul Kelly at his most astute, his most heartfelt and his most relatable. These songs will worm their way into your mind and sit proudly alongside his catalogue of classics for decades to come.” – Double J

“The album is packed with the ease and grace that Kelly just kind of naturally gives off.” – The Brag


Watch the video for Firewood and Candles: VIEW HERE