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Album Review

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.

Customer Reviews

What a Great Voice

Ben Taylor has a great voice, and a unique style in his music. This album is great, Island, Day after Day, Rain, and You're Just Like Everyone Else are all songs i could hear on the radio. His lyrics are great and he doesn't dissapoint in a live setting. He really does sing that recording studio tricks.

Wow! Exceeded all my high expectations!!!

Ben Taylor has done such an amazing job on this album! His cover of "Time of the Season" is just incredible- it has a very sensual beat. I believe Ben has really come into his own with "Famous...", in a way that he is able to present his own spirit and uniqueness. His delivery is so smooth and the songwriting so deep and thought provoking, that you know within the first few bars he could have come only from the legendary JT.

Heavy Rotation

Famous Among the Barns is definitely getting some heavy rotation at home and in my car; anywhere I can listen to it. This is an exceptional follow up to Another Run Around the Sun - which is is also a great album. His cover of Time of the Season is outstanding. I think this album would be best listened to while relaxing, as it can make anyone feel good. The last four songs are bit slower and good for winding down. I definitely like the sound of his music. He deserves to stand alone as an artist.

Famous Among the Barns, The Ben Taylor Band
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