Famous Among the Barns

Famous Among the Barns

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by Ben Taylor
     
 
The adage about the apple not falling far from the tree is played out in colorful style on this, the debut disc from the offspring of James Taylor and Carly Simon. Folksy and introspective without resorting terribly often to singer-songwriter cliché, Ben Taylor recalls his dad's mid-period sound --

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The adage about the apple not falling far from the tree is played out in colorful style on this, the debut disc from the offspring of James Taylor and Carly Simon. Folksy and introspective without resorting terribly often to singer-songwriter cliché, Ben Taylor recalls his dad's mid-period sound -- post-depression and pre-stodginess -- with a lilting precision. He can spin a world-weary tale, like the breakup allegory "I Am an Island," with heart on sleeve, then bounce back with "Day After Day, a hippie-flavored ode to love, lust, and the gray areas in between. Taylor's backing band chugs along with old-school sunniness, lapping at the edges of psychedelia on a cover of the Zombies' "Time of the Season" and poking around in the corners of Kink-dom on "Just like Everyone Else." Fans of postmodern troubadours like John Mayer may find Taylor a little too austere, but for folks who are hankering for a little bit of rusticity, a visit to the Barns is just the ticket.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Kelly McCartney
Sometimes you actually can judge a book by its cover, or a man by his name, at least to a certain degree. Combining the youthful energy and attitude of Ben Harper with the smooth and airy vocal quality of his Dad, James Taylor, this rule of thumb seems to hold fairly true for Ben Taylor. Now, kids of famous musicians should never be given a free ride or an open door. They should pay their dues just like everyone else. Ben Taylor seems to have done so, inasmuch as a 25-year-old could. He's pulled together a talented band and strong production support. That's smart because it results in a sonically pleasing record. However, when you really dig into the songwriting, that's when you find a few missteps. These aren't bad songs. In fact, Taylor has some pretty decent, creative ideas swirling around in these folk-rock-pop melodies. Bad grammar for the sake of an easy rhyme, though, is never acceptable, and the chorus of "I Am the Sun" is rife with it. No wonder our kids score so low on standardized tests, or perhaps this is a case in point. Overall, Famous Among the Barns is no earth-shattering musical statement, but it's way better than a poke in the eye.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/18/2003
Label:
Iris Records Label
UPC:
0744626997220
catalogNumber:
9972

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ben Taylor   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Carly Simon   Vocals
Angel Luis Figueroa   Percussion
Scott Gordon   Harmonica
Larry Ciancia   Drums
Joel Shearer   Guitar,Keyboards
Andrew Scheps   Guitar
Michael Kang   Mandolin
Chris Chaney   Bass
Zac Rae   Guitar,Keyboards,Vibes

Technical Credits

Chris White   Composer
Colin Blunstone   Composer
Paul Atkinson   Composer
Scott Gordon   Producer,Engineer
Hugh Grundy   Composer
Ben Taylor   Producer,Executive Producer
Larry Ciancia   Producer,Executive Producer
Joel Shearer   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Chris Chaney   Producer
Zac Rae   Producer

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Famous Among the Barns 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Both the teenagers and the old boomers in the house love this cd! Ben Taylor has a Gorgeous voice. Familiar and fresh at the same time, the sound of this album has been played over and over in our home. When we bought this album, we were skeptical, but curious. We were instantly won over by the lush sonic sound, and good songwriting. Where is all the buzz about this kid? He's easily up there with John Mayer and Norah Jones...
Guest More than 1 year ago
for fans of james taylor, this will be a real treat...his son is just as talented (if not more so) with the same beautiful, lyrical voice (with just a hint of carly simon's husky sound..). the songs themselves are very strong...easy to fall in love with! i would call it a cross between late 60's singer-songwriter and matchbox 20...a Must Have!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've long been a fan of the father, but the son certainly has his share of talent. At times the vocal similarity is eerie; however, the musical direction is younger and fresher. Frankly, to my ear, this is a better CD than the Grammy-nominated October Road. "Island" has the makings of a great single!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After seeing Ben in concert, I just had to own this CD! The band is extremely talented and the songs contain lyrics that almost everyone can find meaning in. This young man has definite STAR qualities that SHINE through in this CD.