comeback entered its second decade via a plethora of releases that marked the
latest phase of a career initiated back in the ‘60s. While Taylor’s yet to
claim a recent hit on the scale of, say, “Angel of the Morning” or “Wild
Thing,” he’s shown a proficiency that nearly dwarfs his prodigious early
output. The latest evidence of this prolific streak comes via a second disc
from singer/fiddler Kendel Carson, the follow-up to her debut, Rearview Mirror Tears, and her second
project alongside Taylor
since their initial collaboration in 2006.
While Taylor’s presence is
predominant here – chiefly due to the fact he had a hand in writing all but one
of the songs (an amped up cover of Janis Joplin’s “Mercedes Benz”) -it’s Carson’s smoldering
vocals that hold sway from first note to last.
Hers is a sensual, suggestive caress that simmers with a slow burn on
opening track “Oh Baby Lie Down” and closer “Mexico,” takes on a sultry edge
via “Belt Buckle,” and subsequently basks in an unabashedly flirtatious
encounter with “Jesse James.” Her fiddle
work drives a down-home hoedown on “Ten Lost Men” and a jaunty swagger on “New
Shoes,” but its Carson’s sobering perspective that sets the mood here, a
careful, considered approach that adds to the mystique and proves that Taylor’s
patronage has once again been well rewarded.
tracks: “Oh Baby Lie Down,” “Mexico,” “Mercedes Benz”