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Julian Taylor

Beyond The Reservoir

Review by Gary Hill

This is the second set from Julian Taylor that I've reviewed. Like the first one, this is very much in line with folk music. It's loaded with roots elements. At times it has more country in the mix. It's a very effective release that works from start to finish.

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Track by Track Review
This cut balances country edges with a mellower, slow moving rock vibe. It's effective and classy. There is a real classic sound to it.
Murder 13
Acoustic based, this has a lot of folk music in the mix. It does get some hints of country in the mix at times. There are definitely less of those in this tune than there were in its predecessor.
It Hurts (Everyone was there)
Soft rock merged with folk and country is the concept here. There is a moving vibe to this, and it's another winner on a disc full of strong material.
Wide Awake
I like the energy and groove of this. It's not quite a rocker, but it's also not a ballad. There is almost a Latin groove to it. Yet, the instrumental arrangement has a healthy helping of country music in it, too.     
This is more of a rocker. That said, this is not a hard rocker, but perhaps closer to the kind of thing Cat Stevens was known for. It has some singer-songwriter elements at play. There are also a few hints of country music here.
Stolen Lands
I really like this song a lot. It definitely has more of a driving rocking vibe at play. There are a few musical hints to country music, but overall this is more along the lines of pure roots rock.
I Am A Tree
The roots music vibes are all over this. The cut has plenty of folk and rock vibes at play. It's not quite a ballad, but it's also not a real rocker, either.
A folk based ballad, this is quite strong. This is actually one of the highlights of the disc for me.
Opening The Sky
Folk rock meets singer-songwriter styled sounds on this grooving number.
100 Proof
A folk styled number, this is another entertaining one. It does a great job of ending the album in style.

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