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  • Summary: The first release of original material from the multiple Grammy winning singer-songwriter features a guest appearance from Sting and was produced with Dave O'Donnell.
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  • Record Label: Concord
  • Genre(s): Singer/Songwriter, Adult Contemporary, Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Soft Rock, AM Pop
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Wild Mountain Thyme
Oh, the summer time is coming, And the trees are sweetly blooming, And the wild mountain thyme Grows around the blooming heather. Will you go,... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Jun 18, 2015
    80
    The voice has held up well, the fingers are still nimble and, if you’re a devoted fan, you won’t be disappointed.
  2. Jun 16, 2015
    70
    Even with a few slightly cornball moments (the world-music salute "SnowTime") and an occasional over-reliance on gauzy harmonies that threaten to depersonalize the songs, Before This World is sweet grown-up James.
  3. Jun 23, 2015
    70
    Taylor is at his best when he brings his fuddy-duddy charm.
  4. Uncut
    Jun 10, 2015
    60
    Accomplished rather than exciting. [Jul 2015, p.83]
  5. Jun 16, 2015
    60
    There are songs about baseball, weather and enduring domestic love, acutely observed and delivered in tones so smooth they slip past in a soft blur.
  6. Mojo
    Jun 10, 2015
    60
    Pleasing, but lacking his early melodic strength. [Jul 2015, p.96]
  7. Jun 15, 2015
    50
    “Far Afghanistan” is an interesting detour, a new side of Taylor as he ponders the hardships of a soldier and the devastation of war. It’s not enough to distract from the glaring fact that Before This World doesn’t add much to Taylor’s beloved catalog, but doesn’t detract from it, either.

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