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produced by Simon Climie (Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Faith Hill), released on Modern Whomp Records Label via Artist2Market (A2M)

1. The Distance
2. What's Right Is Right
3. New Found Freedom
4. Nineteen
5. Once Upon a Lover
6. Seven Mile Breakdown
7. Maybe You Should
8. Keeping It Real
9. I Live on a Battlefield
10. Wedding Day Blues
11. Woman's Got to Have It

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 10, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Modern Whomp
  • ASIN: B001POWI7S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,094 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Customer Reviews

He shows us all styles of music - pop, country, blues, gospel.
J. Morton
What's Right Is Right - A velvety, bluesy tune with some great sax solos which really highlights Taylor's vocal prowess.
Muddy Waters
As it is with almost every CD, there are some of the songs I like better than others, but overall its good stuff.
D. Williams

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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful By TheBandit VINE VOICE on March 10, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Taylor Hicks, free of any restraints that may have been placed by Idol-related producers, delivers an excellent mainstream pop album that should please his fans - and earn new ones.

Taylor put obvious care into his vocals, which are strong throughout without over-singing (as he has sometimes been criticized for). My favorites are "Maybe You Should" - a mournful ballad about the end of a once-loving relationship, and "Seven Mile Breakdown" - a southern-rock track with a driving beat. A cover of Nick Lowe's "I Live In a Battlefield" is another highlight. Elliot Yamin (who finished 3rd on Idol the season Taylor won) joins him for a duet on the closing track, "Woman's Got To Have It." These two guys are both soulful, bluesy singers. The combination of Elliot's smoother delivery contrasts very well with Taylor's huskier tone.

I was surprised at how many genres Taylor ventured out into throughout the CD. "Nineteen" is a country song about a Marine who loses his life in the war. "Once Upon a Lover" is a latin-style track with Taylor singing at the high end of his range. The title song is a mid-tempo rock song about trying to move past political differences and work together.

Simon Climie produced the album - he previously produced for Eric Clapton. Taylor shares writing credits on 7 of the 11 tracks. In-demand session drummer Abe Laborial Jr. (Paul McCartney's drummer for the past several years) provides the strong foundation. Unfortunately Taylor's harmonica only makes one cameo appearance (on the album's weakest song "Keeping It Real") - I was hoping for a few solos, but it doesn't diminish the album's overall appeal.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By BOB on March 15, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I like Tayor Hicks, and wanted to like his first CD. I was disappointed, but he more than makes up for it this time.
Now he performs like I thought my favorite Idol winner could. The songwriting is excellent, the vocals strong and the tempo more upbeat than before. The only improvement I could suggest for the next CD would be more of a true blues flavor, and a tempo even more upbeat than The Distance. He could easily be the next Delbert McClinton, who has had great commercial success in a long career...and is still making great music.

Taylor rocks and I wish him great success. His music may not be as commercial as some Idol contestants, but it's real and it's a pleasure to listen to.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Andre S. Grindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 10, 2009
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Personally I've been waiting four years for the second proper album by my favorite American Idol winner,even if somewhat because of what happened to him I don't watch the show anymore. I have listened of course to his debut Taylor Hicks and...well there are some differences between the two albums,and by the large they're the ones I was hoping for. Wheras the debut tended to focus a lot of targeting the youth audience and was occasionally marred with over production this takes the best qualities of that album and finishes off the edges with an adult focus. Maturity aside the American Idol producers,as indicated in other reviews have fallen to the wayside. Where my fifth star disappears has to do with the by and large lack of originality. I don't think it's Hick's fault;his singing is always taking the unexpected turn. But music is about music,the vocals are a different matter and that's the whole thing;while the gospel organs,pianos and even the the horns are nice soulful touches but....really don't project anything new.Since that(somewhat sadly) will not be even noticable by most people who hear this I'll focus on how I feel about the music. The title cut is...well very deceptive.It's a heavy handed heartland rocker that will actually give you the impression Hicks has sold his soul to the mainstream rock establishment but luckily this slight musical diversion,which will probably please every music listener beside me is not really followed through the rest of the time.Read more ›
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Deborah A. Helfrich on March 12, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Yes our Soul man is back, and I am loving Taylors new cd. He has that great soulful voice we all appreciate. My favorites from this cd are "Whats Right Is Right" and a "Woman's Got To Have It", in which Elliott Yamin joins him to make an excellent duet.
Buy this cd you wont be sorry.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By AG on March 14, 2009
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Without a doubt, this is the best CD to come out of ANY contestant or winner on American Idol..... Taylor just shows his strength as a vocalist and musician, having co-written 7 of the 11 songs on the album. There's many different genres here - country, soul, r&b, gospel, pop, and blues. With a stellar group of musicians backing him (Eric Clapton's touring band), this is definitely a superior CD with terrific, classic and timeless songs. Highly recommend it!
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The Distance by Taylor Hicks has terrific songs on it that display Taylor's excellent talent as an artist. Taylor can sing alongside the very best of them; and when he sings he can take any number and make it his own with his unique sense of style and grace--not to mention his energy. This album has Taylor Hicks singing in quite a few different genres; and he even co-wrote seven of the songs on this CD! This definitely shows just how well Taylor is growing as an artist. The quality of the sound is excellent and the artwork is nicely done.

The album starts with a strong number which is also the title track for this CD, "The Distance." "The Distance" has a rock and roll flavor to it;the percussion and guitar work stand out without ever stealing the actual spotlight away from Taylor Hicks. Taylor sings this with his heart on his sleeve and he bats this one straight out of the ballpark! His excellent diction really enhances his performance all the more and just one listen proves it. I'm very impressed with this opening song. "What's Right Is Right" has a distinctly more laid-back feel to it as Taylor sings this bluesy soul ballad to perfection--and beyond! I really like "New Found Freedom:" that backup chorus bolsters this tune--not that Taylor needs backup singers but it does sound pretty good.

Another reviewer correctly notes that "Nineteen" is a moving, sad ballad about a man who loses his life much, much too soon in war. The percussion and keyboard sound great and Taylor never sounded better. "Once Upon A Lover" has a Latin twist to it and Taylor does this one up right! "Once Upon A Lover" is very pretty and it's clearly a major highlight of this album. Great!
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