The Distance

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Even when Taylor Hicks was on American Idol it was never clear if there was a record-buying audience for his brand of blue-eyed soul, so when they didn't manifest in large numbers for his major-label post-Idol debut in 2006, it wasn't too much of a surprise when 19 Entertainment dropped him afterward. For some AmIdol finalists, this abandonment would be the kiss of death, but Hicks was a journeyman before Idol and he was a journeyman after it...the only difference is, he has a national audience and the budget to hire Eric Clapton's latter-day collaborator Simon Climie as a producer for his second album, The Distance. Climie also produced Michael McDonald's two ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Even when Taylor Hicks was on American Idol it was never clear if there was a record-buying audience for his brand of blue-eyed soul, so when they didn't manifest in large numbers for his major-label post-Idol debut in 2006, it wasn't too much of a surprise when 19 Entertainment dropped him afterward. For some AmIdol finalists, this abandonment would be the kiss of death, but Hicks was a journeyman before Idol and he was a journeyman after it...the only difference is, he has a national audience and the budget to hire Eric Clapton's latter-day collaborator Simon Climie as a producer for his second album, The Distance. Climie also produced Michael McDonald's two Motown albums, so it follows that The Distance is somewhere between Clapton's well-tailored blues-rock and McDonald's soulful soft rock -- which also means it's not too far removed from Taylor Hicks, it just lacks the crossover inclination that led to such wannabe hits as "The Runaround." It's also true that The Distance lacks the need for a crossover hit: this album is pitched solely to the faithful, to those who are already paying attention, to those who will silently thrill at fellow Idol soulman Elliott Yamin's duet on Bobby Womack's "Woman's Got to Have It," to those who will chuckle at Hicks' hamfisted jabs at Paris, Britney, and OJ on "Keeping It Real." Considering the limited ambitions of The Distance, it may boast too fancy of a production -- it's akin to slapping high-thread count sheets onto a bed at the Super 8 -- but Climie's clean approximation of Southern R&B does make for a more consistent album than Taylor Hicks. True, Taylor's brand of soul is suited for the House of Blues, not a roadhouse dive, but Hicks is never in denial that he's a ham, milking those cornball jokes, shedding a tear for the teenage Iraqi war soldier on "Nineteen," wondering why we can't all just get along on the title track, sailing along on a supperclub cha-cha beat on "Once Upon a Lover," and stealing a bride on her wedding day. Hicks doesn't show great sensitivity as an interpreter -- he barrels through Nick Lowe's "I Live on a Battlefield," not doing it much harm -- but as an entertainer he pulls out all the stops, determined to get every last person in the joint to crack a smile. It's a trait that served him well in those small clubs and on television, and it still serves him well here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/10/2009
  • Label: Rocket Science
  • UPC: 613481019135
  • Catalog Number: 1913
  • Sales rank: 218,809

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Distance (4:06)
  2. 2 What's Right Is Right (3:48)
  3. 3 New Found Freedom (4:25)
  4. 4 Nineteen (3:10)
  5. 5 Once Upon a Lover (4:09)
  6. 6 Seven Mile Breakdown (4:18)
  7. 7 Maybe You Should (3:45)
  8. 8 Keeping It Real (3:46)
  9. 9 I Live on a Battlefield (4:08)
  10. 10 Wedding Day Blues (2:45)
  11. 11 Woman's Got to Have It - Elliott Yamin (3:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Taylor Hicks Primary Artist, Piano, Harp, Vocals
Brian Gallagher Saxophone
Michael Thompson Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Guitar
Simon Climie Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
Nathan East Bass
Simon Gardner Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Abraham Laboriel Sr. Percussion, Drums, Bass Guitar, Guitar (Nylon String)
Jay Leach Pedal Steel Guitar
Sharon White Percussion
Doyle Bramhall II Dobro, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar
Toby Baker Piano, Strings, Keyboards, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer
Nicky "Misschief" Shaw Percussion
Tim Carmen Fiddle, Piano, Hammond Organ, Background Vocals, Hammond B3
Elliott Yamin Vocals, Guest Appearance
Dennis Caplinger Percussion, Violin, Soloist
Charlie Sanchez Percussion
Alan Little Guitar
Technical Credits
Delbert McClinton Composer
Paul Carrack Composer
Bobby Womack Composer
Darryl Carter Composer
Simon Climie Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Kenny Greenberg Composer
Nick Lowe Composer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Dennis Morgan Composer
Don Murray Engineer
Gary Nicholson Composer
Tom Hambridge Composer
Michael Reid Composer
Jeffrey Steele Composer
Alan Little Composer
Nicky "Misschief" Shaw Programming
Joel Evenden Engineer, Digital Editing
Kim Estlund Publicity
Taylor Hicks Composer
Wynn Christian Composer
Linda Cooke Composer
Alan Little Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Prepare to be "Whomped"!

    I have had the distinct pleasure--ahhh, pleasure--of hearing the entire cd of "The Distance" and came away knowing, finally, why Taylor Hicks so aptly named his record company Mondern Whomp records. This cd has it all, rock, country, pop, gospel, soul and R&B. Each track is a masterpiece and the cd takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotional musical genius. The instrumentals are amazing.

    However, if you want every track/song to sound the same; if you want to "feel" the same throughout the entire cd; or you want to be screamed at with obsencity packed lyrics then "The Distance" is not for you.

    I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this album. I am having serious "whomp" withdrawal! Have to give this a total five stars across the board because "The Distance" truly has it all. Did not rate the "Extras" because cd has not dropped yet.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Distance -- Music that Talks to Your Soul

    The Distance -- new music that has a sound, vibe, feel, and a magical message to the listener. You'll smile, dance, cry, hold your significant other, and feel uplifted though the tracks. From the title song - The Distance - through New Found Freedom and I Live on a Battlefield you feel happy and want to dance or even do jazzercise. Then you go to the message songs like Nineteen or Maybe You Should -- get out the tissues these songs will touch your heart. Then Once Upon a Lover and Wedding Day Blues -- fun, laugh with your neighbor or seatmate songs. The crowning jewel of this album is a duet between Taylor Hicks and Elliott Yamin - friends and now collaborators.

    All in all, I found this album to be a winner and worth 5 stars on every track.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Awesome CD

    This cd is much closer to what I expected Taylor's first commercial release to be like (though, I loved the first!). All tracks have a message-whether serious, fun or someplace 'tween. "Nineteen", "The Distance" "Seven Mile Breakdown" should all be released as singles...in that order. "Nineteen" and "The Distance" speak volumes. Please, if you're hesitating on ordering, don't. You will not be disappointed in this cd!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!

    I was pleasantly surpised by this album. It has something for everyone and several potential hits (in my opinion). Nineteen is my favorite track and I think could be an instant hit. It is very entertaining and makes me laugh and the cry all on the same album. Very well produced and I hope will be a big hit for Taylor.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful Sophmore Album!

    Well written, excellent vocals, and great variety of songs. Taylor shows off his talent with his raspy/soulful voice throughout the CD. Each track he sings with emotion and from the soul. Congrats to Taylor Hicks the American Idol Winner for a wonderful sophmore album. I would recommend this CD to those who enjoy listening to 'real' music.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Is it March 10th yet? - Can't wait to get my hands on The Distance

    Taylor created a fantastic album. I love all the songs. There is something for everyone. Taylor delivers on every song. A classy CD from a classy guy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    LOVE THIS!

    I was lucky enough to hear the entire album last week when it was previewed. I loved every song on here the first time I heard it and that is rare for me. I rooted for Taylor when he was on American Idol because I loved his voice and he was unique and interesting. I loved his debut cd when I heard it, but this one hit me even harder.

    I enjoy all genres of music and this cd has all my favorites. "I Live On A Battlefield" and "Womans Gotta Have It" are great R&B tracks. "Nineteen" has a country feel to it and is very emotional. "Seven Mile Breakdown" is a boot-stompin' southern rock number. "New Found Freedom" sounds almost gospel and is very uplifting and "The Distance" is an all-around great pop-rock song. "What's Right Is Right" and "Maybe You Should" are touching ballads, one dealing with an upcoming break-up and the other expressing deep unconditional love. "Keeping It Real" and "Wedding Day Blues" made me laugh and are fun, amusing songs. "Once Upon A Woman" has the Latin flavor to it. Every song is different, but Taylor's voice remains rich and soulful throughout. I will definitely be ordering this cd and can't wait.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    fantastic

    I love that you can understand all the words, excellent cd.I love this singer he is my favorite singer ever!! I like every song which is rare for a cd.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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