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Julian Taylor

The Ridge

Review by Gary Hill

This is the 2020 release of a Canadian singer/songwriter. I dig the roots, Americana vibe of the music on this set. It is largely folk-oriented. It is all strong. There are some songs that are more rocking but even then it's more folk rock.

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Track by Track Review
The Ridge
Coming in gradually, this works out to a dramatic folk music arrangement. There is so much class and style built into this thing. It has some country in the mix, but only hints of it.
Human Race
A slower more balladic and reflective piece, this song has more country in the mix. It's grounded but also artsy. It's evocative, too. It does get more powered up and driving later in the number, perhaps putting it more in the vein of power ballad.
It’s Not Enough
This also has a balladic approach, but it gets more into folk rock zones further down the road.
Over the Moon

This comes in with more energy and oomph than the start of the last couple songs. It has a bit more country in the mix. It's another strong piece, too.

Ballad of a Young Troubadour
I love the layers of sound that augment this. The cut has a real artistic vibe to it. Yet, it's well-rooted in folk music traditions. There is so much magic to this one. In fact, I think it's my favorite on the disc.
Be With You
More delicate and intricate, this one has a lot of emotion built into it.
Love Enough
There is a Latin angle to this cut along with some 50s rock and roll. It's an acoustic tune with a pronounced drum presence. This is another fun tune. It's also a solid piece of variety.
Ola, Let's Dance
A droning guitar sound is on the menu as this gets underway. The vocals ar spoken, and the music gradually builds. This is very much an art rock piece. It's inspiring in terms of its lyrical content, too. Around the two-minute-mark, sung vocals come in, delivering the title as a chorus.
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