October Road - James Taylor
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  • Summary: The 54-year-old singer-songwriter returns with his first album of new material since 1997's Grammy-winning 'Hourglass.' Russ Titleman produces.
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  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. A hit album without any obvious hit songs.
  3. An album of rich, subtle melodies, championship-level guitar playing and lyrical depth. [Sep 2002, p.115]
  4. Taylor sounds assuredly relaxed and content.
  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]

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