Before This World (LP)


James Taylor

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Amoeba Review

06/15/2015

James Taylor’s storied musical history enters a new chapter with Before This World, the folk artist’s first new album of original material in 13 years. From the opening of the redemptive bluegrass paean “Today Today Today,” Before This World reintroduces us to Taylor’s gentle voice and warm delivery, sounding as timeless and youthful as ever. Taylor harkens back to his strongest, early ’70s material on piano ballad “You and I Again” and the pastoral, country-tinged “Stretch of the Highway.” And at this stage in Taylor’s career, he’s able to pull off a silly, straight-faced ode to the Red Sox with “Angels of Fenway.” Taylor keeps things lively and varied throughout, returning to upbeat bluegrass for “Watchin’ Over Me,” and Sting joins Taylor for the carolesque medley “Before This World / Jolly Springtime.” Though you won’t find any forays into new territory for Taylor, Before This World is thankfully bereft of any misguided attempt at crossing over to the kids, which may have been temping—this is a man who has performed with Taylor Swift several times, after all. Instead, it feels like a summation of the tender folk sound Taylor has come to emblemize over the past decades. Before This World is a generous album, and one that will remind listeners of why they fell in love with Taylor’s music.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Today Today Today
James Taylor 03:09
2.
You And I Again
James Taylor 03:52
3.
Angels Of Fenway
James Taylor 03:18
4.
Stretch Of The Highway
James Taylor 05:32
5.
Montana
James Taylor 03:25


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Watchin' Over Me
James Taylor 04:07
2.
SnowTime
James Taylor 05:48
3.
Before This World / Jolly Springtime
James Taylor 05:34
4.
Far Afghanistan
James Taylor 04:04
5.
Wild Mountain Thyme
James Taylor 02:56

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