Walk With Me
On the strength of a few songs from his fourth album, blues artist Sean Taylor was invited to appear at this year’s Cambridge Folk Festival, and the completed album does sound great. However, if you are one of those people who like to listen to the lyrics of a song as well as the music, then this album will be a huge disappointment. Without the written lyrics it’s impossible to decipher more than the odd word; with the lyrics it’s a beautiful album.
Of the 11 tracks on the album, Taylor penned nine of them including the title track. Of the others, one is Taylor’s take on the traditional “She Moved Through The Fair” whilst the writing credit on “Love Hate On” goes to a certain William Shakespeare.
Taylor has a great voice and a songwriting talent to go with it. He will undoubtedly be around for a long time. However the talent is overshadowed by the indecipherable lyrics. The album, which is very much a blues album, was recorded in Dublin and produced by former Waterboys bass player Trevor Hutchinson, who also provides some of the backing music. Along with Hutchinson, there are a number of talented musicians lending their skills including Dave Hingerty (The Frames) and BJ Cole.
Taylor tours extensively and says that the inspiration for most of his songs comes from his live performances. And there’s plenty more to come: he can regularly be seen at blues and folk festivals up and down the country.