Q - p.1493 stars out of 5
-- "[H]e is startlingly accomplished, hence the thoughtful, Crosby, Stills & Nash-esque 'One Man Day' and the stoic 'I'll Be Fine'."
Personnel: Ben Taylor (vocals, guitar); David Saw, Sally Taylor, Carrie Tree (vocals); Tim Goalen, Peter Calo (guitar); Sophie Solomon (violin); Jonathan Quarmby (keyboards); Larry Ciancia (drums).
Audio Mixers: Kevin Bacon ; Jonathan Quarmby.
Recording information: Rak Studios, London, England.
Introduction by: Carly Simon.
Photographer: Christian Ericson.
It's nearly impossible to initiate a discussion about singer/songwriter Ben Taylor, son of Carly Simon and James Taylor, without first mentioning that he sounds a whole lot like his legendary father. The cool, calm, and effortless voice that narrates the ten songs on Another Run Around the Sun could break into "Fire and Rain" at any moment and nobody would notice, as the young Taylor has managed to craft an album that could have come out in the mid-'70s with nary a change in production, but he projects a less cocky version of his more famous parent. Impeccably produced by actor/musician Kevin Bacon, Taylor's third full-length recording is sure-footed, impossibly warm, and engaging enough to deserve an attentive audience. Standout cuts like "Some Day Soon," "One Man Day," and "Think a Man Would Know" may break little new ground for the genre, but they're as solid as anything doing time on adult contemporary radio. ~ James Christopher Monger