Velvet Town

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Velvet Town is a good title for Louise Taylor's latest album, because it alludes to a style that extends beyond typical singer/songwriter concerns. While a song like "Little Collette" distinguishes itself with a catchy chorus and Kristin DeWitt's harmony, the album's real difference -- the velvet -- shows up on pieces like the title cut and "Maps of Venice." The lyrics may say "singer-songwriter," but the colorings of the soundscape are pure jazz with Taylor offering subtle vocals. Indeed, the deeper one delves into Velvet Town, the more one suspects that she isn't a singer/songwriter at all. Many of the lyrics, as in "Call My Name," are impressionistic and spare, ...
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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Velvet Town is a good title for Louise Taylor's latest album, because it alludes to a style that extends beyond typical singer/songwriter concerns. While a song like "Little Collette" distinguishes itself with a catchy chorus and Kristin DeWitt's harmony, the album's real difference -- the velvet -- shows up on pieces like the title cut and "Maps of Venice." The lyrics may say "singer-songwriter," but the colorings of the soundscape are pure jazz with Taylor offering subtle vocals. Indeed, the deeper one delves into Velvet Town, the more one suspects that she isn't a singer/songwriter at all. Many of the lyrics, as in "Call My Name," are impressionistic and spare, and Taylor relies heavily on vocal nuance and fresh arrangements to get her emotional message across. The backing players rely on the same arsenal of instruments as most contemporary folk bands, but the production creates rich textures that permeate the listener's senses. The bass and acoustic guitar interplay at the beginning of "Call My Name" draws the listener in before the lyric even begins and then provides a steady, rhythmic motif that drives the song forward. Taylor succeeds by creating a distinct style that is easy on the ears and filled with pleasing surprises. With a melodious sound and consistently good songs, Velvet Town will serve as perfect listening for a lazy Saturday afternoon.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/2003
  • Label: Signature Sounds
  • UPC: 701237127620
  • Catalog Number: 1276

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Something Like This (3:45)
  2. 2 If I Had My Dream (3:27)
  3. 3 Velvet Town (4:05)
  4. 4 Call My Name (4:06)
  5. 5 I'd Be Dancing (1:26)
  6. 6 Midnight Rain (4:02)
  7. 7 Maps of Venice (3:33)
  8. 8 Muddy Hudson (4:32)
  9. 9 Firebox Coaltrain (4:02)
  10. 10 Strike the Set (2:28)
  11. 11 Only the Wind (4:24)
  12. 12 Little Collette (4:20)
  13. 13 Simplify (3:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Louise Taylor Primary Artist, Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar, Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Slide Guitar
Ira Coleman Acoustic Bass
Richard Gates Electric Bass
Dean Sharp Percussion, Drums, Vibes, Musical Direction
Stephanie Winters Cello
Technical Credits
Annie Gallup Producer
Louise Taylor Producer
Ray Bonneville translation
Richard Gates Cello Arrangement
David Glasser Mastering
Paul Antonell Engineer
Stephanie Winters Cello Arrangement
Sean Price Digital Editing
Chris Powers Digital Editing
Peter Lainson Contributor
Sean Price Digital Editing
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