Joanne Shaw Taylor (from the album Reckless Heart available on Silvertone Records)
Scratchy chords, strummed as almost an after-thought, prod the rhythm along in “I’m Only Lonely” and a gnarly riff spits and chews up the melody bubbling underneath “Creepin’” while guitar strings are chopped and diced on the funky groove of “All My Love”. Joanne Shaw Taylor ties all the instrumental pieces together with smoky shouts on Reckless Heart, the latest release from the Blues-slinging guitarist. The subtle touches she applies to her songs color the tracks of Reckless Heart with wide-splashes of the Blues, Joanne Shaw Taylor tenderly awakening to stark reality over the slowly percolating rhythms in “I’m Only Lonely” as an anxious beat channels the tension born of indecision in “Break My Heart Anyway” and an echoed thump defines defiance for the heart walking through the title track with authority.
British Blues Rock tradition are continued on Reckless Heart, album number four for the UK-based musician. Joanne Shaw Taylor advances the potential of the Blues as she stretches past genre borders, slashing guitar chords poking at the condemning facts of “Bad Love” and pounding out an exit plan in “New 89”. Joanne Shaw Taylor came to the US for the studio work on Reckless Heart, recording in her adopted hometown of Detroit, Michigan with Al Sutton producing, capturing the tracks with a live performance vibe. The feral sound of the recording support the natural grit of Joanne Shaw Taylor as she kicks open the doors of the album, setting the pace on the first cut “In the Mood”.
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