James Taylor
Sweet Baby James


5.0
classic

Review

by TayBad USER (5 Reviews)
January 7th, 2014 | 13 replies


Release Date: 1970 | Tracklist

Review Summary: For those times when you have had too much thrash metal, try this out for a change.

Sweet Baby James
As far back as I can remember, my mom hated James Taylor. She just absolutely could not stand him. So imagine my surprise at just how much I loved his debut album Sweet Baby James. I was immediately struck by the simple beauty, grace and tenderness found in the album. James' vocals are amazing in their simplicity while his gentle guitar playing creates some excellent, folksy atmosphere. And thanks to his talented songwriting every song sounds earnest and quite rooted in personal experience. Only songs like "Steamroller" and "Suite for 20 g" sound like they were put in there just for fun, with the latter being a real standout track.

But for the most part the album is quite somber and grounded. The opener " Sweet Baby James" sounds like a longing for farm life simplicity while the next song, "Lo and Behold" appears almost to be a satire of extreme religious zealotry.Both work well due to a nice easy delivery by James' singing and acoustic musicianship. He then throws in some nice up lifters in the form of "Sunny Skies"and "Country Road." Both are unabashedly sentimental but refrain from being too mushy. The star of the album however, is "Fire and Rain" Written to mourn the death of a friend, it sounds every bit the eulogy you might expect a wounded song writer would commit to paper. No where else on the album are James' vocals more poignant or beautiful. The story he weaves is tragic and heartbreaking, yet oddly enough not without a hint if hope. And even more interesting is the follow up song, "Blossom" This has to be one of the happiest songs on the album, yet it follows the saddest. It is as if James was trying to comfort us, reminding us that happiness can always follow tragedy.

And that may be what the album does best; relate strong and deep emotional messages so effectively. On Sweet Baby James James Taylor clearly demonstrates not just his talent as a musician, but also as a poet. Every song contains a lyrical poetry that is very mesmerizing, with even his more simple tracks being entertaining and involving. All in all this is an album that features excellent songwriting and beautiful vocals to create an experience that is both emotionally involving and spiritually uplifting at the same time. Never have I been so happy after ignoring the advice of a parent.


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TayBad
January 7th 2014


36 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

So, this is my second review. As always feedback of any kind(positive or negative) is much appreciated.

ethos
January 7th 2014


1854 Comments


nice job, i might check this out
for future reference you can italicize with [/i] for proper coding on the second [i]

Pheromone
January 7th 2014


3860 Comments


Any similar sounding albums?


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Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
January 7th 2014


6560 Comments


Very well-written review Taybad, good work. Review was concise, and added a nice personal touch.
Just a few things I noticed:

And thanks to his talented songwriting every song sounds earnest and quite rooted in personal
experience.


Rework this sentence or combine it with the previous one. This is just a fragment.

Only songs like "steamroller" and "suite for 20 g" sound like they were put in there just for
fun, with the latter being a real standout track


Since they are son titles, you should capitalize "Steamroller" and "Suite For 20 G."

But for the most part the album is quite somber and grounded

With the "But," this sentence is a fragment. Get rid of "but" and the sentence will be fine.

And even more interesting is the follow up song, "Blossom"

Get rid of the "And." Additionally, this sentence is missing a period.

And that may be what the album does best; relate strong and deep emotional messages so
effectively.


Kind of a confusing sentence, could use a reworking.

On [iSweet Baby James i]James Taylor clearly

As ethos states, it looks like you were trying to italicize. Make you you end with [/i] and leave a
space between the [/i] and the next word, or else the two words will be put together.

For those times when you have had too much thrash metal, try this out for a change.

I would just like to point out how this is the greatest review summary of all time.

Overall, nice review, but could use a patch up every now and then. Nice work, keep it up!

Digging: Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
January 7th 2014


6560 Comments


Didn't mean for my comment to be so long, sorry about that haha.

TayBad
January 7th 2014


36 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thank you all for the feedback

undertakerpt
January 7th 2014


1379 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good idea - Tony hawks pro skater

Bad idea - Stephen Hawkins pro skater

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
January 7th 2014


6560 Comments


^wtf?

undertakerpt
January 7th 2014


1379 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

october road is such an album

Good idea - a cup of tea

Bad idea - a cup of paint

Jangoman
January 20th 2014


32 Comments


Finally a review for this classic

FourthReich
May 21st 2014


18134 Comments


james talyor get out of here singing about prostitutes to the children

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Arcade
Contributing Reviewer
July 29th 2014


3357 Comments


sweet dreams and flying machines
in pieces on the grou... flying safely through the air

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danielcardoso
November 24th 2014


2626 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review, superb album. Love that sence of intimacy, fantastic album to listen to in cold Autumn/Winter afternoons, standing next to a fireplace. Great to relax to. Best JT.



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