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SEAN TAYLOR – The Only Good Addiction Is Love

| On 28, Jul 2015

SEAN TAYLOR - The Only Good Addiction Is Love

Articulate London singer songwriter Sean Taylor is inspired by the creative work of artists, writers, poets, painters and musicians. His love of language becomes clear when you  listen to his eloquent lyrics. He’s reminiscent of  Nick Drake, John Martyn and Leonard Cohen and his tours have supported Robert Cray, Richard Thompson and Tom Paxton.

Sean’s seventh and latest album The Only Good Addiction Is Love, released in June 2015, was recorded in Austin, Texas and produced by multi-instrumentalist Mark Hallman. Sean aimed to take a wider musical perspective than his previous albums with “more abstract and demanding references”.

Soulful and reflective ‘The Only Good Addiction Is Love’ is a quote from the former President of Uruguay Jose ‘Pepe’ Mujica who generously gave most of his salary to charity and rejected the idea of living in a presidential palace in preference for a farm.  With a compelling double bass by Danny Thompson,‘Rothko’ pays a delicate tribute to abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko who refused to associate himself with any specific art movement.

Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca inspired the fine atmospheric instrumental ‘Lorca’ and we hear a tender cello from Brian Standefer in the restless ‘Tienes Mi Alma En Tus Manos’ followed by another bluesy rhythm by Danny Thompson in ‘MOMA’.

Moody ‘Desolation Angels’ took its title from a novel by writer Jack Kerouac about escaping the wild temptations of a city for a simpler life working in a forest, whilst ”Les Rouges Et Les Noirs’, with its sad gypsy violin, was inspired by the work of Swiss German painter Paul Klee whose influences included cubism, expressionism and surrealism.

Sean Taylor has developed a reputation for stunning, thoughtful and intelligent music. The Only Good Addiction Is Love may feel very different from Sean’s previous albums, but these intense and emotional songs are sung in a warm, smoky voice and supported by many talented musicians.

Anthony Weightman

Review Overview

Anthony Weightman
8

Very Good

The Only Good Addiction Is Love may feel very different from Sean's previous albums, but these intense and emotional songs are sung in a warm, smoky voice and supported by many talented musicians.