He says he wishes he could write more pop songs. I'm not sure that's a problem.
Because Mr Paul Kelly is at the top of the ARIA album charts this week.
Yep, the bard of the burbs, ARIA hall-of-famer and recent Living Legend feature artist has landed his first ever album chart number one with 23rd full-length LP, Life Is Fine. He topples Ed Sheeran, who slips only as far as #2 in his 24th week on the charts.
Kelly goes one spot better than his previous peak — 1997's greatest hits compilation, Songs From The South. A feat replicated by U.S. pop star Kesha who scores her highest ever chart position with her third full-length, Rainbow, landing a single spot higher than 2010 debut Animal.
Meanwhile, as last week's star-stacked top five slip (Lamar down to #6, Lorde back to #7), Jen Cloher slides into #5 with her self-titled LP of "clear-eyed rock reckoning", marking her first ever top fifty appearance.
The rest of the top ten features the usual 2017 suspects (Ed Sheeran's X, Imagine Dragons and that damn Moana soundtrack), alongside a surprise re-entry from Carole King's groundbreaking 1971 album, Tapestry, which climbs back to #11 off the back of a new stage musical, which is set to open in Sydney this September.
King lands two spots ahead of Sydney's the Preatures who debut at #13 with second album, Girlhood, nine spots short of the highpoint reached by 2014 debut Blue Planet Eyes. Further back, Kate Miller-Heidke's live collaboration with The Sydney Symphony Orchestra opens at #31, while Sydney metalcore outfit Justice For The Damned crack the top forty with their debut Dragged Through The Dirt debuting at #37.
This week, Kelly will face not only a likely second (or twentieth) wind from Sheeran but also the opening week for Gang Of Youths' new album Go Farther In Lightness.