Pros: Lyrics are Inspiring; sound is unique--mellow yet upbeat
I have become a new fan of Ben Taylor. I had the opportunity to listen to his upcoming CD, Listening. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, especially coming from parents who are larger than life for me. His voice has the beautiful quality of James Taylor and Carly Simon. His sound is smooth, seductive and soothing—someone you would want crooning to you late at night.
I found the songs on this CD very relaxing and mellow, with just enough upbeat to entertain. “Listening” leans toward folk and carries a great message. The lyrics of “Oh Brother” are inspirational, and the melody has a light, unique buoyant beat. “Giulia” and “Next Time Around” switch to a mixture of folk and country. “Giulia” is very lighthearted and whimsical while “Next Time Around” is a bit more melancholy—presenting different sides of his music. My favorite song is “Worlds Are Made of Paper”. I love everything about the song—the melody, the lyrics and the rich, soothing voice.
Obviously, music is a very personal experience. For me, this will be my go to CD after work to relax and enjoy with a glass of wine.