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4.0 out of 5 stars Promising, but not the Big One, December 17, 2006
This review is from: Taylor Hicks (Audio CD)
Ever since his first goofy appearances on American Idol, I've really wanted this guy to succeed. In a depressing era of alt-rock, jam bands, celebrity divas, and hip-hop, Taylor Hicks (like John Mayer, Corinne Bailey Rae, and a very few others) seems to be aiming to bring melody and feeling back to American pop music. He really puts his heart--and amazing vocal gifts--into most of the songs on this new CD. I particularly like his self-penned "The Deal," the Diane Warren song "Places I've Been," and, best of all, the funky "Give Me Tonight." I'm glad I wasn't driving when I first heard the latter number, with its infectious groove, urgency, and call-and-response singing. It seems to have "pop hit" written all over it. Which causes me to wonder why it wasn't the lead cut on the CD. I'm sure that other cuts will grow on me. What I'm missing is a great power ballad in the mold of Rascal Flatts' "Bless the Broken Road" or a bit of Southern nostalgia like Marc Cohn's "Walking in Memphis"--songs that, to me, would fit Taylor to a T. I'm looking forward to Mr. Hicks' next CD.
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