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Coming to attention as one-half of Azure Ray, Maria Taylor has been crafting solo albums of sincere adult-alternative introspection since 2005. Her approach is to do things slowly and subtly, which means her music often takes a few listens to fully appreciate the beauty tucked within the lines. There’s a simple gorgeousness to “Masterplan” and the more elaborate “Matador” that’s readily apparent. However, the tunes also have an unusual staying power. “Happenstance” confronts her decision to return to Birmingham, Alabama after years in Los Angeles. It’s this bittersweet twist that turns the wistful folk tune into a deeply affecting track. Her relocation to her homegrounds also gives the album a sweet Southern feel. The solemn purr of organ on “Like It Does,” the jazzy inflections of “Bad Idea?” and the modest string instrumentation of “In a Bad Way” all bring a valuable intimacy and variety to Taylor’s honest, reflective musings.

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ok so masterplan is ok, but if they did it in acoustics it would be the greatest thing ever!


Maraia Taylor nice and simple

Subtle musical insinuations

"Bad Idea?" alone is enough to justify buying the whole album. The interplay and juxtaposition of her velvety voice and wise lyrics onto unforgettable songs makes each track part of a bigger whole and well worth taking the plunge.


Born: May 21, 1976 in Birmingham, AL

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Maria Taylor brought her warm, casual vocals to several projects -- most notably Azure Ray, a dreamy pop duo that featured Taylor and longtime partner Orenda Fink -- before launching her own career as a solo singer/songwriter. Born in 1976 in Birmingham, Alabama, she got her start at age 15 as part of the Birmingham duo Little Red Rocket, a pop/rock group that garnered comparisons to Belly and Veruca Salt. After releasing 1997's Who Did You Pay and 2000's It's in the Sound as part of the Geffen Records...
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