Another Run Around the Sun

Another Run Around the Sun

by Ben Taylor
     
 

It was well known that he was the progeny of two music superstars, James Taylor and Carly Simon. However, up until Another Run Around the Sun (a title that suggests an homage to his father’s rendition of “Circle Round the Sun”), Ben Taylor resisted being placed in that context; understandable, yet somewhat akin to resisting the urge to breathe. Now TaylorSee more details below

Overview

It was well known that he was the progeny of two music superstars, James Taylor and Carly Simon. However, up until Another Run Around the Sun (a title that suggests an homage to his father’s rendition of “Circle Round the Sun”), Ben Taylor resisted being placed in that context; understandable, yet somewhat akin to resisting the urge to breathe. Now Taylor accepts his musical inheritance and works with it rather than against it, turning out a mature and confident set of ten songs that, while reminiscent in the best ways of his parents' work, also puts his own stamp on things. Whether giving a nod to his folk roots, as in the mellow, melancholic “Nothing I Can Do,” getting funky in “Digest,” or set against the suave, drum-brushes of “You Must’ve Fallen,” Taylor’s voice is warm and sensual, his melodies fresh and pleasing. Lush harmonies and strong, satisfying choruses distinguish these songs, nine of which were written or co-written by Taylor himself. And, as if to drive the sui generis point home, Simon herself sings a sample of “Terra Nova,” a song from James Taylor’s JT, as a segue into “Think a Man Would Know.” On this gutsy and instantly enjoyable recording, Taylor proves himself to be no less a talent than one would expect.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
It's nearly impossible to initiate a discussion about singer/songwriter Ben Taylor, son of Carly Simon and James Taylor, without first mentioning that he sounds a whole lot like his legendary father. The cool, calm, and effortless voice that narrates the ten songs on Another Run Around the Sun could break into "Fire and Rain" at any moment and nobody would notice, as the young Taylor has managed to craft an album that could have come out in the mid-'70s with nary a change in production, but he projects a less cocky version of his more famous parent. Impeccably produced by actor/musician Kevin Bacon, Taylor's third full-length recording is sure-footed, impossibly warm, and engaging enough to deserve an attentive audience. Standout cuts like "Some Day Soon," "One Man Day," and "Think a Man Would Know" may break little new ground for the genre, but they're as solid as anything doing time on adult contemporary radio.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/06/2005
Label:
Iris Records Label
UPC:
0020286201823
catalogNumber:
1823
Rank:
111676

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ben Taylor   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Peter Calo   Guitar
Simon Clarke   Kick Horns
Roddy Lorimer   Kick Horns
Tim Sanders   Kick Horns
Sally Taylor   Vocals
Annie Whitehead   Kick Horns
Larry Ciancia   Drums
Christopher Thomas   Bass
Jonathan Quarmby   Keyboards
Kevin Bacon   Bass
Carrie Tree   Vocals
Sophie Solomon   Violin
David Saw   Vocals
Tim Goalen   Guitar

Technical Credits

Carly Simon   Composer,Introduction
Ben Taylor   Composer
Jonathan Quarmby   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Chris Athens   Mastering
Kevin Bacon   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production

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