October Road - James Taylor
October Road Image
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics What's this?

User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: The 54-year-old singer-songwriter returns with his first album of new material since 1997's Grammy-winning 'Hourglass.' Russ Titleman produces.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. In some sense, it is true that any of these new songs could fit comfortably among his earlier works. Yet now there is an even more polished grace to the undertakings, as if age and experience have refined and further honed what already was smooth.
  2. An album of rich, subtle melodies, championship-level guitar playing and lyrical depth. [Sep 2002, p.115]
  3. 80
    Carefully written, elegantly performed, and generously emotional, it's another work by an artist still at his creative peak.
  4. Hewing close to the format of '97's Grammy-winning Hourglass, Taylor pretty much defines easy listening, and there are (as always) some shining standouts.
  5. 70
    The melodic facility and phrasing are as elegant as we have come to expect. [Sep 2002, p.118]
  6. Though a few more lively tunes would've been welcome, October Road marks the return of an artist who is as creatively vital as ever.
  7. 60
    It's ever so nice, except for the nagging feeling that a disembodied voice is about to say, "I'm going to count backwards from five and, when I snap my fingers, you will wake up and remember none of this." [Sep 2002, p.106]

See all 10 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. SallyP.
    Oct 9, 2002
    10
    I agree and I LOVE James Taylor!!!!!!! He is the artist and musician who inspired me to play the guitar!!!
  2. BobJ.
    Aug 26, 2002
    9
    What a brilliant CD - I knew some of the tracks before the issue of the CD, but was very pleasantly surprised by the final cut.
  3. VinceE
    Nov 12, 2005
    9
    My rating description would sound like I was reviewing a fine wine. JT music is aging to perfection. He is getting richer and fuller in style My rating description would sound like I was reviewing a fine wine. JT music is aging to perfection. He is getting richer and fuller in style and sound. As always, he makes a classic song shine anew. Expand
  4. DianaH.
    Aug 28, 2002
    8
    I just LOVE James Taylor
  5. FW
    Sep 6, 2002
    8
    Surprisingly fresh and vital. Worth exploring. The cut "Carry Me On My Way" holds an existential poignancy and angst, similar to "Fire And Surprisingly fresh and vital. Worth exploring. The cut "Carry Me On My Way" holds an existential poignancy and angst, similar to "Fire And Rain." Taylor hasn't lost the magical qualities that have sustained his musical jorney over the last two decades. Expand

See all 7 User Reviews