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Listening (Deluxe Edition)

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The son of James Taylor and Carly Simon, Ben Taylor has a voice that resembles his dad in its gentle, matter-of-fact delivery and that shows the benefits of growing up in a musical family, as he tackles a variety of styles. Ben's fourth full-length studio album, Listening, has several standout cuts right at the onset. The title track strips down the sound to acoustic guitar and spare beats before bringing forth the atmospherics. "Oh Brother" cruises with Hammond B-3 organ licks and a strutting beat. "Not Alone" sits down at the Fender Rhodes and locates the early '70s in vibe and in chord progressions, as Taylor sounds like he's switched over to Paul Simon's family. "America" throws out a Portishead-style trip-hop/reggae groove. "Vespa's Song" starts as a mystery noirscape before breaking into daylight with a near–heartland rock feel. "Dirty" works a Ben Folds Five piano-pop angle. The acoustic-countrified "Next Time Around" shows that Ben is still best when he settles on being a Taylor. The deluxe edition adds an acoustic take of "America" and "Shade or Shine," a tune that shouldn't have been left off the album's standard version. 

Customer Reviews

Good stuff!

I love this album! Ben's voice is fantastic and the music behind it is great. Dirty was a bit odd but I enjoyed it! Definitely worth the money and very deserving of a five-star rating.

Can't stop listening

I hardly ever buy music honestly, and sometimes I think, am I just so critical of everything that comes out that I just don't want to buy anything. Then I hear something like this and realize I was just waiting for something head and shoulders above. There is not a bad song on this album. I have listened to it at least 15 times through in the last couple weeks, and I never do that. Ben's voice is so real and honest, and very engaging. His arrangements and instrumentation are amazing and unique to every song. Do yourself a favor and buy this album. Your ears will thank you.


Ben Taylor never dissapoints!


Born: January 22, 1977

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s, '10s

As the son of James Taylor and Carly Simon, Ben Taylor was born into a musical world with much promise. His older sister, Sally Taylor, found her niche in the industry early on, but the younger Taylor never sought to follow the footsteps of his famous parents. His childhood might have been surrounded by recording sessions and tours across the world, but initially it wasn't in Taylor's mind to become a singer. Taylor was raised in Manhattan and spent time in various private schools before leaving...
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