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Genres: Country, Folk, Pop
Many Americana fans know that Chip Taylor's early songwriting spawned huge Top 40 hits ("Wild Thing" and "Angel of the Morning" among them) and that he's the brother of Jon Voight and uncle of Angelina Jolie. But on this h... more »
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Many Americana fans know that Chip Taylor's early songwriting spawned huge Top 40 hits ("Wild Thing" and "Angel of the Morning" among them) and that he's the brother of Jon Voight and uncle of Angelina Jolie. But on this homespun, off-the-cuff, double-disc set, he sounds more like the long-lost New York cousin of Guy Clark. He evokes the inspiration of Clark and other influential songwriters on "What Would Townes Say About That," and his music shares a similarly organic approach to songwriting, phrasing, and stripped-down intimacy in the arrangements. This is Taylor's first solo release in six years, following a series of cross-cultural, transgenerational duets with Carrie Rodriguez (who provides harmonies here). The first disc, Unglorious Hallelujah, is more topical and frequently darker, while Red Red Rose, the second disc, is lighter and more saturated with love songs. There's a thin line between serendipity and slapdash, and it occasionally seems that Taylor feels anything he can make rhyme is worth recording. Yet "Unglorious Hallelujah" represents his songwriting at its most ambitious, "Christmas in Jail" is the most lacerating sort of confessionalism, and "I Don't Know Why I Love You (I Just Do)" is one of the many songs here that sounds straight from the heart, without letting the head get too fussy with it. --Don McLeese
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W. Mcgregor | Scotland | 08/21/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"It would be nice to be able to say that long awaited new solo (well almost) Chip album was a return to the masterpieces of the seventies, but unfortunately that's not quite where we are. We're all older and the cutting edge has probably gone forever, but I can still hope for another "Last Chance"
While I look forward to Carrie's solo album I couldn't help feeling slightly relieved when I heard that Chip was releasing a solo album, and there is undoubtedly one very good solo album among the songs in this double set. Particular favourites are "What would Townes say about that", "James Wesley Days", "Thursday Night Las Vegas Airport",and the soulful "If I stop loving you". Not at all sure about Bippity Boo I'm either going to end up hating it or loving it or maybe both.
If you're a Chip fan you will have to but it as it the best thing he's done in a long time. If you're jus discovering Chip, or got into him through the collaborations with Carrie, then go and buy "Last Chance" or "Hit Man" and if you want more (as you will) come back to this one."