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  • Summary: The singer-songwriters latest full-length release features some musical and jazz standards from such shows as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Brigadoon, Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma!, and Show Boat as well as songs made famous by Billie Holiday and Glenn Miller.
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  • Record Label: Fantasy
  • Genre(s): Adult Contemporary, Vocal, Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Soft Rock, Traditional Pop
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. 80
    Expect reassurance rather than revelation and you’ll find the lesser-worn pages of the American songbook elegantly traced.
  2. Feb 27, 2020
    Horns and lush backing vocals do appear here and there, as does a slightly misguided dip into a borderline cartoonish vocal baritone on the otherwise strong "Ol' Man River," but the best parts of American Standard occur in the intimate moments that constitute Taylor's wheelhouse and of which there are more than enough to satisfy.
  3. Uncut
    Feb 27, 2020
    A poignant folk-jazz take on Billie Holiday's "God Bless The Child" is the standout and it's all impeccably tasteful - but in a threadbare kind of way. [Apr 2020, p.37]
  4. Mojo
    Feb 27, 2020
    He keeps the core of material such as The Nearness Of You and My Blue Heaven spare and the tone intimate. [Mar 2020, p.94]
  5. Feb 28, 2020
    It's all flawlessly performed and comforting in its predictability.
  6. Mar 3, 2020
    The ghosts of more well-known recordings hover over “American Standard,” and they’re enough of a distraction to make one think that a better tribute to these compositions might have been a Taylor-curated playlist of the versions that originally captured his imagination all those years ago.
  7. Mar 20, 2020
    Every solid moment on American Standard is outmatched by a one to ten ratio of awry choices for songs that shouldn’t be hard to ruin. It’s almost impressive to see James Taylor screw up songs that are fundamentally easy to cover.
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