Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Let's Get Lost: The New Lewis Taylor CD

...Back in 1996, Taylor’s self-titled debut drew ecstatic comparisons to Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye and even Prince. The diminutive Lewis, an Englishman of Jewish heritage, could easily have coasted as an MVP of blue-eyed soul. But from the start of his third-act solo career — he was in the prog-rock Edgar Broughton Band, and then worked for a time under the name Sheriff Jack — Taylor has exhibited unease with celebrity. More importantly, his interests and musical influences leap the boundaries of genre. You can feel that questing in his music, the journey, the search. It’s what makes him a volatile, unstable “commodity”: the fact that he refuses to be one, easily packaged and mechanically sold.

For the rest of the review, click Lewis Taylor


Richard said...

I thought this piece was weird at first glance, because I have owned the marvelous Lost Album for some time now. But then I realized that it was not released in the U.S. Lewis Taylor was one of the best of the new crop of "blue-eyed" soul singers. I say "was" because unfortunately he "retired", either because of his frustration with the music business or because he has gone on to write comedy(!?!) depending on who you ask. If you can, try to get a hold of the import release of his album "Lewis II". He does a cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Electric Ladyland" that is positively sublime!

EH said...

Hi Richard,

Thanks for reading the blog. And actually, if you click the link and read the rest of the article, I do talk about Taylor stepping away from the music industry and speculate a bit on why he did. And you're right; Lewis II is also full of jewels.

Richard said...

Sorry E. I had only read part of your article when I wrote my comment. It really is a shame to think that we could lose that treasure forever. Like you said, hopefully he will pull a Mike Jordan and come back. Even some of the "deepest" neo-soul artists can't hold a candle to his artistry.