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Overlook

8/24/11 | Indierockreviews.com | www.indierockreviews.com | Record Review
I wouldn't say Maria Taylor has gone out on a limb with her fourth solo album Overlook, but something must have happened to her since her last effort Lady Luck, for this self-produced collection of 9 new songs are bigger, bolder, and more daring in a way that sounds all new. She has even accomplished some bold sounding, hook driven tracks, the best examples of this are "In A Bad Way", and "This Could Take a Lifetime" _ where her vocals are gloriously upfront and raw. Switching gears softly to "Bad Idea", a folk ballad that will have you singing "it's a bad idea" for the rest of the day _ you can also download this track below. Maria still has plenty of heart-wrenching numbers, "Along For the Ride" is particularly mesmerizing and features her trademark hushed vocals. Perhaps her strongest, and most adventurous track is the dynamic "Masterplan" with drumming and song styling that will keep you guessing as to what she's gonna do next. Maria has accomplished her most well-rounded effort to-date with Overlook and is bound to be one of 2011 s very best. Invaluable contributors include: neighbor Lester Nuby III (Verbena, Vulture Whale) engineered the album at Ol Elegante Studios in Birmingham, and plays drums on two tracks (Taylor herself played the remaining drum parts); friend Browan Lollar (of Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit; lead guitar, acoustic guitar, lap steel); brother Macey Taylor (The Mystic Valley Band, A.A. Bondy; bass, banjo, organ, keys). LA-based but Birmingham-native Daniel Farris mixed the album, and her friend, local artist Margarette Simmons, designed Overlook's artwork. Maria Taylor tour dates: OCT. 12 BATON ROUGE, LA CHELSEA'S CAFâ OCT. 14 AUSTIN, TX THE MOHAWK (inside) OCT. 17 PHOENIX, AZ THE CRESCENT BALLROOM OCT. 18 SAN DIEGO, CA THE CASBAH OCT. 20 LOS ANGELES, CA THE ECHO OCT. 22 SAN FRANCISCO, CA RICKSHAW STOP OCT. 24 PORTLAND, OR MISSISSIPPI STUDIOS OCT. 25 SEATTLE, WA THE SUNSET TAVERN OCT. 27 SALT LAKE CITY, UT URBAN LOUNGE OCT. 28 DENVER, CO HI DIVE OCT. 30 OMAHA, NE SLOWDOWN
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