The Taylor Hicks track listing…it starts.

ETADiane Warren wrote one of these?  UGH. 

And ETA again:  Could “Heaven Knows” actually be a cover?  Donna Summer once had a disco hit by the same name.  Taylor covering Donna Summer on his self-proclaimed “brass with ass” album could be very, very cool.

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The Q-like Gray Charles has posted the official track listing off Taylor Hicks’ forthcoming album.

01 The Runaround
02 Dream Myself Awake
03 Heaven Knows
04 Gonna Move
05 Wherever I Lay My Hat
06 Give Me Tonight
07 Just To Feel That Way
08 The Maze
09 Places I’ve Been
10 Soul Thing
11 The Deal
12 The Right Place
13 Do I Make You Proud (Bonus Track / Digital Download)

…and here we go.

Now, I know enough not to judge a song by its title, but frankly, I’m a little worried about these tracks.  First of all, let’s start with the tracks that made the jump from Under the Radar (Taylor’s independent 2004 release) to the new album.  “The Deal” is a great song with a fabulous acoustic guitar, so I’m happy to see it being released to the masses.  But “Soul Thing?”  “SOUL THING?”  It’s easily the clunkiest, lamest, most cliche song on UTR.  I really hope Matt Serletic gave it a good re-working (and tweaked the lyrics in the chorus), because Taylor can be a gifted songwriter (see “The Fall” and “Somehow”), and I’d hate his skills to be judged by the relative dreck that is “Soul Thing.”

Second, I’m ever so peeved that “Hell of a Day,” my favorite UTR track, is available as a bonus for those who leave their morals at the door and purchase the CD at Wal-Mart.  Ugh.  I’ll just have to have faith that someone will burn it for me.  Then again, I much prefer the UTR version to the peppier rendition that Taylor’s been trotting out at his public appearances lately. 

And third, just look at the actual titles we’ve got going on here.  Words like “dream,” “heaven” and “tonight” are prevalent.  Too prevalent.  I’m getting the sneaking suspicion that the Invisible  Hand of Clive Davis was indeed hard at work here.  Could Taylor get Biced?  Will “Soul Thing” become the next “The Real Thing?”  Sigh.

But anywhoo, check back tomorrow morning for a review of the sneak peeks that will be posted at Gray’s.  And as always, feel free to leave your comments below.  (But proofread them first.)

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