Ben Taylor - Another Run Around The Sun

There are some albums where you know what you're going to hear even before you hit the play button. You read the lovingly prepared PR material and you don't have to go beyond the "Son of James Taylor and Carly Simon" bit and you know what this is going to sound like. I like to be surprised, but in this case it just wasn't going to happen. As the intricately picked acoustic guitar on Ben Taylor's debut album Another Run Around The Sun begins with Nothing I Can Do, it harks back to the delicate soft-folk of the 70's and his fathers quietly arranged records.

There's not really much else I can say about it - there's nothing here to offend anyone, the tracks are all well written and earnestly sung and played, but all the music has been recorded in soft-focus - it won't worry your speakers or headphones with harsh guitars or feedback. Ben does sound uncannily like his father, the softly sung words drip with couplets about love, loss and rejection. It's just hard to get excited about this, it'll no doubt be heavily played on Radio 2 by Parkinson, but there's nothing to make this standout from the crowd, it's perfectly produced sheen just makes it a little difficult to love. It can be appreciated for it's craft, but you won't be shouting about it to your friends. Perhaps being brought up in a household with two famous folk parents, punk never happened. Listening to this record, you can believe it to.



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Last updated: 19/03/2018 22:21:31

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