More Taylor goodies.

I have to say, I’m getting a bit weary of posting Taylor Hicks reviews. It will be nice to have a new album to sample come January 30th…

From The National Ledger:

The quality of this CD is superb, which enhances the overall richness of Hicks’s voice that has an unforced, naturally enjoyable timbre that comes from years of performing on the Birmingham club circuit. There are also many quirks, licks and signatures from musical legends Hicks has picked up over the years but unfortunately, adopting traits from performers who have done it right in the past can be frowned upon in the music industry.

From Monsters and Critics:

The gray wizard Taylor Hicks is unlike anything ‘American Idol’ has produced to date – in that he`s 30, authentically soulful and seems to know who Sam Cooke is – but fans will be hard pressed to find much here that reminds them of the guy they called in for…It`s hard not to feel bad for the talented Hicks, since the two best tracks here are “Soul Thing” and “The Deal,” which he wrote in his pre-“Idol” life. 63 million votes were cast for Old Taylor; the machine would be best served to let him run the show now.

And from HARP Magazine–not a review of the album, and not even a review, really, but more of a tacit acceptance of Taylor’s status as an actual workin’ musician, not just some pre-packaged, manufactured reality TV show winner:

On [“Fortunate Son”], both [Warren] Haynes and Branford Marsalis join in; when “American Idol” winner Taylor Hicks also comes out wielding a harmonica, a lot of eyes in the audience pop in disbelief, and at least one voice within earshot of HARP is heard shouting, “Fuck American Idol!”. But in truth, Hicks holds his own, bouncing up and down the stage like a kid at a birthday party and taking a pretty sleek solo, too, when his moment at the mic rolls around. Come to think of it, the entire assembled group of musicians is bouncing up and down as “Fortunate Son” winds its lengthy way to the conclusion, and after it ends Haynes, grinning from ear to ear, steps to the microphone to observe, “I gotta say something: THAT is the reason we gotta rebuild New Orleans!” Cue up an arena-piercing roar of approval from the crowd.

I think Taylor’s in. :-)


January 2007
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What the kids are sayin’

"I hate them all. The judges, TPTB, the blatant manipulation, the songs, the contestants, everything. I'm a die-hard Cook fan, but for the love of god, at least try to look like you're enjoying yourself up there! Please? Syesha was awesome but she ruined it by being completely shameless and disgusting. Yes, being on American Idol is exactly like the civil rights movement, except for the part where you're fighting to make the world a better place."

"All I can say after the disgusting display tonight of favoritism towards the mediocrity that is David A. - good luck trying to market and make money off of that kid, American Idol. (Not to mention good luck dealing with his father.) All the teeny boppers may buy up his American Idol coronation single, but they will quickly forget about him before the album comes out. And I shudder to think of a David A. album - song after song of unrelenting sameness and heavy breathing. Why they are pimping him for the win is beyond me."

"This show was simply a hot buttered mess tonight. And Jason "needs to be arrested for what he did to I Shot the Sheriff. But I hope he stays. He amuses me. "

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