- Category: NEW RELEASE UNRACKED
- Written by Danny
Shawn Taylor has mellowness to his voice that works well against the frenetic flash of finger-picking that is the foundation of his songs. Home is the third disc from Shawn Taylor. It is Americana stripped of its outer skin. The songs crackle with the guitar work, the intensity supporting the anger of lost dreams (“Blackwater”), the life questions about just how far we fall (“Where’s the Bottom?”) and hard times that course through the lives of family and friends (“The Bottom Line”). Shawn Taylor uses words as weapons on Home, showing that his pen beats the sword for cutting through the crap as it seeks the truth of contemporary life. Shawn brings in the band for a cover of Dylan’s “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You”, giving the song lonesome pedal steel wails and a folk rock backing. Spiritual chariots get sidelined in Shawn Taylor’s renamed cover, “Swing Low Sweet Liberty”, envisioning the song as flying over Washington, D.C. to get an overview of lives in free-fall.
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