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James Taylor ~ Hourglass
The merchant of mellow's first studio album since New Moon Shine (1991), and you've gotta have a heart of naugahyde not to be touched by the simplicity and uncommon wisdom of these dozen tunes. "Little More Time with You" is a trademark Taylor single augmented by a Stevie Wonder harmonica line, "Ananas" is sly and lusty, while the expertly crafted "Line 'Em Up" features a fond recollection of Richard Nixon's "shifty little eyes." A-list guests like Sting, Shawn Colvin, Branford Marsalis, and Randy Brecker add to the charm. --Jeff Bateman
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It's unfortunate that JT has bought into so many of NPR/PBS's pet causes and even, through his misguided celeb-activism, helped to destroy the possibility of cheap, clean, and efficient nuclear power. In fact, his own technically polished performances depend heavily on the technological society he occasionally makes it his business to bash, and he wouldn't be playing a Takamine guitar without the global capitalism he's hopped onto the trendwagon to undermine. And I don't suppose he hauls all that massive musical equipment around from show to show in a backpack on rollerblades.
But his congenial brand of Martha's-Vineyard folk (cut with some unthreatening whiteboy R&B covers and the same jazz licks he's been deploying more or less at random ever since "Oh Susannah" on SWEET BABY JAMES) seems to appeal to the bookstores-and-Birkenstocks crowd as much today as it did thirty years ago. There's nothing hypocritical going on here - they really *are* that blissfully unaware of which side their bread is buttered on.
JT knows which side *his* bread's buttered on, though. No surprise, then, that on HOURGLASS we find him warbling about his Deep Concern for the Environment and the alleged power of the automobile to pressure us into a frenzied and harried existence.Read more ›
The first song up is a wryly amusing yet poignant song called "Line 'Em Up", with references, among other things, to Dick Nixon and his arrogant presentations to the common folk and to the self-absorbed way he exited the White House stage. Next is a lovely albeit sad song called "Enough To Be On Your Way" intended to be a tribute to his brother Alex, dead too soon from an self-abusive and ultimately self-destructive lifestyle. This song is a very thoughtful and searching exploration into the realms of love and loss, and is also a loving portrait of a person (Taylor turned his brother into a female character for dramatic purpose in the song) whose path was always drawn like a moth to the flame.
It also includes his very popular "Little More Time With You", and a number of other interesting and stylistically diverse songs. His interest in the whole earth mother realm in "Gaia" is especially well written, as is "Another Day". This is an album you will play and replay, and it wears well with time. Of course, my favorite here is "Enough To Be On Your Way", which, with some of the songs from his last several albums, is sure to be included on the "James Taylor Great Hits, Volume Three" we can hope will be on the horizon in a year or so. Meanwhile, though, enjoy this one.
Just to say that this is a great album doesn't seem to quite cut it. This is a living legend, the performer who led a whole genre of music originating in the 70's. This is a singer who exemplifies the mood of the 70's and as the years go by, gives us fresh perspectives of that period. And now in Hourglass, at the turn of a new century, he looks back and shares memories. As always, he surprises us with his manner of expression. He communicates his feelings at a companion's funeral, at the changes from the Nixon 70's to the present space age, at today's relationships.
There is lots of extra, unexpected talent here from his guests. Yo-Yo Ma on the cello, Stevie Wonder on the harmonica, Branford Marsalis on the Soprano Sax, Sting and Shawn Colvin on vocals.
Standouts include "Little More Time With You", "Jump Up Behind Me", the classic "Walking My Baby Back Home"...and yet what on this set is not a standout?
Okay, as usual, this is for James Taylor fans, and indeed the number of those is ever increasing. If you're familiar with James Taylor's music, don't pass this up. And if you're not, well, give it a try.
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This is probably the best Album James Taylor as ever done. Period.Published on Feb. 10 2005 by a d c
Three of these songs ("Enough To Be On Your Way," "Another Day," "Look Up From Your Life") would be worth the price of the disc. Read morePublished on May 20 2004
What a delight. JT is getting better with age, like a fine wine. "Another Day" is my favorite track on the CD. Read morePublished on May 8 2004 by J. McAndrew
I love the early JT albums best--but this more recent release is delicious! It is currently on heavy rotation--I've had to bring it back forth from home to work, something I... Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2004
For you James Taylor fans out there , it just does not get any better than this !
His best album , period .
The meaningful lyrics and meoldies of these tracks are woven with pure genius. There is no way given the test of time that anyone could question why this was one of the most... Read morePublished on Sept. 21 2003 by MovedbyMusic
Another terrific offering from James Taylor. Great tracks including Line 'Em Up, Boatman and, my favorite, Another Day (Wake Up, Susie). Read morePublished on Sept. 3 2003
It took me several listens to really enjoy this CD from James Taylor. I really like the songs "Enough to be on your way" and "Walking my baby back home. Read morePublished on Aug. 5 2003 by J. Davis
James Taylor's music has been evolving since his early work, and the songs on this album are proof. "Line 'Em Up" is genuis. Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2002 by Shades