Album – I Feel Like a Fading Light – Kim Taylor

Posted by admin on November 21st, 2006

When it comes to female vocalists lately, I feel like a kid in a candy store. Mmmm, maybe not the best of analogies, but there’s such a tremendous wealth of talent and every now and then, which is becoming more now than then lately, I find someone who just blows my socks off.

Now if you got through that paragraph without confusion, welcome to the review of Kim Taylor’s, “I Feel Like a Fading Light”. Another one of those unsolicited albums that just gives me that lottery win feeling. I probably bore people to death with my fixation for voices with that certain something, which the majority of mainstream pop and rock sadly lacks. But I tapped into a seam of gold here and it’s times like these, that the slogging over a keyboard is worth it.

For me the album couldn’t have got underway better, with the title track “I Feel Like a Fading Light”. After all, for unsolicited albums, if it can hook me instantly, it has a much better chance of being reviewed. With this track the music is engaging, as are the vocals with their slightly husky and almost breathless delivery. “People” is one of those tracks that seems very familiar. It has a very 80’s Bruce Springsteen feel to it, with a slightly brighter sound.

With 13 tracks on the album, you sure do get a lot of bang for your buck. “My Dress is Hung” is a very folksy track, but it’s not one that drags and meanders, with some great acoustic guitar that pushes the song along at a nice pace. In fact acoustic guitars abound through the whole album and I love it. I don’t know if I’m just getting old, but I’m certainly enjoying the more mellow CD’s that have been submitted lately.

The album rounds off nicely with “Bruise” which has a much darker sound, but a real energy to it. “You Can Rely on Me”, takes us out as it began, with a voice that’s simply amazing.

Finishing the review off with some of my favorite tracks, I have no hesitation in mentioning the title track, with it’s wonderful vocals and also “Ninety Five Things” which has a very Fleetwood Mac feel to it. To be honest picking out favorite tracks on this album is a real task, as they are all so wonderful, in their different ways, which is a testament to the quality of this CD.

Conclusion : For the opening track alone, this would be a purchase that would give me great satisfaction. Factor in the rest of the tracks and it’s a surefire winner.

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