Thursday, 10 December 2015

Joshua Taylor - About Time, album review


A relatively 'new' singer-songwriter on the music scene, this debut album from Southern Californian Joshua Taylor is soothingly sound: he has a smokey-silk vocal that can warble in and out of the higher registers, as in the jazzy I Wanna Know You More, and there is R&B smooth on a track like You Still Need Time.

The soulful tone of his singing is particularly fine on opener Beantown, sweet horns from Ron King, and the first of the vocal accompaniments from Sandi King - just in harmony here, her support a little more pronounced in following Feel So Fine, another soul-infused song with those horns again and the sax of Ed Croft.

Taylor and King perform a pretty duet on third All My Life, and Taylor adds some honeyed grit on Shoe Shine Blues. There is more harmony vocal on eighth Untitled, expansive near the end, and atmospheric guitar playing.

This is fireside rather than inferno music, if you'll take the metaphor in the positive light intended. And however you take it, that is the spirit of buying the album in the 'name your price' option here, where you can, and should, listen to confirm its soothing qualities.

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