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There You Are Again
     

There You Are Again

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by Livingston Taylor
 
Once you make it past the sappy opening "Best of Friends" that overloads syrupy Disney-styled strings, after-school-special lyrics, and a guest duet from Carly Simon, all of which make it sound like a Sesame Street outtake, Livingston Taylor's first studio album of new material in nine years finds its footing. The song does set the

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Once you make it past the sappy opening "Best of Friends" that overloads syrupy Disney-styled strings, after-school-special lyrics, and a guest duet from Carly Simon, all of which make it sound like a Sesame Street outtake, Livingston Taylor's first studio album of new material in nine years finds its footing. The song does set the tone of this disc, though, finding the younger Taylor in a particularly upbeat, love-the-world mood. The following tune, "There I'll Be," unites Taylor siblings James and Kate for the first time on one of Livingston's best tunes. A lovely mid-tempo ballad with a lilting melody and a snappy electric guitar fill from Vince Gill, it is a capsule of everything Livingston does well when the parts fit. There is still no mistaking the similarity to older brother James, at least vocally, but these songs shade more to classic pop, gospel, and jazz. The extended wait between albums has paid off in the immaculate production devoted to each song. A crack band including pros such as drummer Steve Gadd, keyboardist Matt Rollings, saxist David Sanborn, and bass player Leland Sklar meticulously brings each tune to life, although the disc's slick production and pristine recording sometimes undermines the singer's rootsier influences. Andraé Crouch conducts a gospel choir on the spiritual "Step by Step" and the a cappela vocals of Take 6 help bring the religion on "Tell Jesus (To Come to My House)." Liv shifts into a jazz mood on "Tuesday's Lullaby," helped enormously by vibe master Gary Burton. All told, it's a delightful outing, a little on the cutesy, some might say cheesy, side with tracks such as the playful "Blame It on Me" and the good-natured Lyle Lovett-styled jazz-folk "Boss of Me." But that's Livingston's personality and world view and he genuinely sounds like he's enjoying himself on this upbeat, generally smile-inducing collection. Bouncy, bubbly, sometimes whimsical, but never pretentious, the album finds an established yet often overlooked veteran comfortable with his life and his art.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/24/2006
Label:
Chesky Records
UPC:
0090368030726
catalogNumber:
307
Rank:
17516

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Livingston Taylor   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Pam Tillis   Background Vocals
Carly Simon   Vocals
Tom "Bones" Malone   Trombone
Matt Rollings   Piano,Hammond Organ
David Sanborn   Saxophone
Lew Soloff   Trumpet
Kate Taylor   Background Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion
Andraé Crouch   Choir Conductor
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Chad Cromwell   Drums
Shane Keister   Piano,Hammond Organ,fender rhodes,Piano Strings
Dan Dugmore   Pedal Steel Guitar
Kim Fleming   Background Vocals
Paul Franklin   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar
Steve Gadd   Drums
Vince Gill   Electric Guitar
Vicki Hampton   Background Vocals
George Marinelli   Electric Guitar
Sheldon Mirowitz   Conductor
Tommy Sims   Bass
Glenn Worf   Bass,Upright Bass
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle,Mandolin
Anthony Kadleck   Trumpet
Danny Torroll   Electric Guitar
Gary Corbett   Glockenspiel,Hammond Organ
Lisa Cochran   Background Vocals
Leland Sklar   Bass
Marabeth Jordon   Background Vocals
Jerry Vivino   Tenor Saxophone
Chris Rodriguez   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Electric Guitar
Kimberly Mont   Background Vocals
Tim Davis   Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Livingston Taylor   Composer
Andraé Crouch   Choir Arrangement
Steve Bishir   Engineer
Joe Ferla   Engineer
Juliet Haffner   String Contractor
John Jaszcz   Engineer
Mark Kibble   Engineer
Sheldon Mirowitz   Arranger,Engineer,String Arrangements
Glenn Rosenstein   Producer,Engineer
Jimmy Vivino   Horn Arrangements
Dan Beach   Web Design
Allen Ditto   Engineer
Kristen Smith   Engineer
Jim Parr   Engineer
Dean Sharenow   Engineer
Brian Montgomery   Pro-Tools
Bart "The Original Black Bart" Henderson   Cover Photo,Tray Photo
Tim Davis   Vocal Arrangements

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There You Are Again 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Livingston Taylor's new CD is fantastic, putting one in an upbeat mood. "Best of Friends" may be sappy to some, but what's wrong with sweet sentiment? It's amazing to find one song after another of excellent quality and playable time and time again. Also loved "My Baby Don't Mind" and "Wish I Were A Cowboy". Thank heavens for musicians who can play, write and sing!