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Maria Taylor: Something About Knowing

Something About Knowing

(Maria Taylor)
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Release Date: 
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Grade:
A
Format: 
Digital
Tracks: 
10
As Heard on TV

Maria Taylor's songs have been featured on hit programs like Private Practice, Bones, and Grey's Anatomy.

Maria Taylor, known as one-half of Azure Ray along with Orenda Fink, will be releasing another anticipated solo album - Something About Knowing - at the end of the month.  The multitalented singer-songwriter who has collaborated with the likes of Conor Oberst and Michael Stipe admits that the record marks the first time she wrote songs when she wasn't sad on account of recently becoming a mother.  With the enlisted help of her brother and an old high school friend, Taylor's dreamy, soothing sounds should attract listeners of all ages.

Opening track "Folk Song Melody" sounds exactly as one might expect on an album cover featuring a relaxing beach scene.  Obviously inspired by the birth of her son, Taylor is estatic at how her life has unfolded.  The upbeat, infectious lyrics continue on both "Up All Night" and "Tunnel Vision."  Taylor, on first single "Up All Night," even states that these are best days of her life.  The romantic "You're Got a Way with the Light" contains beautiful lyrics as well as equally gorgeous acoustic work.

Perhaps Taylor sums it up best on title track "Something about Knowing" where she sings that she has everything.  Some readers might be wondering if listening to an artist sing about the joys in their life over the course of an entire record could become nauseating.  Rest assured, Taylor's atmospheric sound and gentle melodies never become the least bit sickening or cliché.  Fans of easy listening pop and folk will enjoy Something about Knowing the most.  Highly recommended for those in the mood for a relaxing, uplifting journey.

Cody Endres
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