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Mirrors & Windows

Mirrors & Windows

by Dulcie Taylor
     
 
Dulcie Taylor's 2003 debut, Diamond & Glass, was an impressive statement, but her follow-up is a real knockout, marking the singer-songwriter's ongoing growth. Taylor has upped the craftsmanship in her lyrics, which are more succinct though just as poetic as on the previous album, while vocally she shows off a bluesy side that

Overview

Dulcie Taylor's 2003 debut, Diamond & Glass, was an impressive statement, but her follow-up is a real knockout, marking the singer-songwriter's ongoing growth. Taylor has upped the craftsmanship in her lyrics, which are more succinct though just as poetic as on the previous album, while vocally she shows off a bluesy side that wasn't so apparent from the folk and country stylings she advanced before. She's also broadened the scope of her original songs, such as "Blackberry Winter," marked by jangly, Byrdisan, melodic guitar lines that turn out to be the ideal setup for her sly country drawl on the key lyric, "Sometimes love can be surprising / just when you think you seen it all." Taylor summons vintage Muscle Shoals R&B in the deliciously suggestive, groove-driven "Maybe," enriched by pungent guitar protests, a deep-bottomed organ, and a sultry female chorus, while she draws on blues harp, Duke Levine's stinging slide guitar retorts, and a responsive chorus of deep male voices to heighten the gospel flavor of "Seaboard Train." An acutely observed memoir of fading love, "Ice Melts" rolls out languorously on a soundscape of lightly strummed acoustic guitar, weeping harmonica, and honky-tonk piano; it's beautiful and spare as an Appalachian hymn. Taylor puts all the pieces together on this exhilarating outing, mating deeply felt vocals, humor, heart, and inspired musical choices -- it's the work of someone who has the makings of a major artist in her.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
One of the things that sinks many a singer/songwriter is that they fail to tie their word poems to a musical vision and good melodies. And while nothing is wrong with literary songwriting, an occasional hook, or catchy chorus goes a long way toward keeping the listener awake. Dulcie Taylor, like any singer/songwriter worth his/her salt, has something to say about relationships and understanding ourselves, but she doesn't forget to add some interesting ingredients into the musical stew. A slow, bluesy guitar; ethereal background vocals; and a hollow drum add just the right atmospheric touch to the mysterious "Woman I Used to Be." On "Maybe" -- one of the album's strongest tracks -- Duke Levine's guitar work and Michael Bellar's Hammond B3 provide a nice soulful underpinning. The song is further enhanced by chords that subtly shift, giving the lyric an extra emotional kick. Even deep into Mirrors & Windows, Taylor dishes up "Pillow Like a Stone," a kiss-off packaged as a fun bit of rock & roll. To top it all off, Taylor's a good singer who fills her songs with emotion while the shifting cast of bandmembers offers a sympathetic foundation. Mirrors & Windows is a solid singer/songwriter effort that reaches beyond the usual clichés of the genre.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/02/2004
Label:
Black Iris Records
UPC:
0614511724623
catalogNumber:
2004
Rank:
312898

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dulcie Taylor   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Duke Levine   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar,Guitar (12 String Electric),Guitar Loops
Lorne Entress   Percussion,Drums
Richard Gates   Bass
Mark Thomas   Background Vocals
Chris Haynes   Piano
John Landau   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Michael Bellar   Hammond Organ

Technical Credits

Michael Page   Art Direction,Illustrations
John Landau   Composer,Producer
Mark Thayer   Producer
Dulcie Taylor   Composer,Producer
George Williams   Composer

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