Covers - James Taylor
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  • Summary: The singer-songwriter releases his latest album of covers of a variety of soul songs, which he recorded in 10 days.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Covers, then, is a fan's notes: a great singer-songwriter playing DJ, showcasing songs he loves for listeners who love him.
  2. Taylor's new collection of covers is a bit of trifle, composed of musical chestnuts recorded with his "Band of Legends" in a 10-day period in a converted barn on Taylor's western Massachusetts property.
  3. Covers winds up feeling a bit like an outdoor concert on a sunny summer Sunday afternoon: something that is wholly relaxing and not in the least surprising.
  4. 60
    It is mainly a joyous affair, good-timey in a well structured way and often reminiscent of the kind of thing Johnny Rivers used to dispense at the start of the '70s. [Apr 2009, p.101]
  5. 40
    Pleasant, but utterly inessential. [Mar 2009, p.104]
  6. Covers is his first album devoted to nothing but other people’s music and, unsurprisingly, it’s marked by his same strengths and weaknesses, not to mention some intrusive backing vocals and superlatively bland production.
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