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    online listen
    didn't know who this was till now
    see, I'm always learning something new
    not the smoothness of daddy's voice
    Jack Johnson certainly comes to mind
    a little more versatilty than Jacks work
    nothing stands out and misses the list
    1.5 from me and a converted 2.2 from the pros at allmusic

    from the album - Oh Brother

    released August 14th, 2012

    Bio - from allmusic

    As the son of James Taylor and Carly Simon, Ben Taylor was born into a musical world with much promise. His older
    sister, Sally Taylor, found her niche in the industry early on, but the younger Taylor never sought to follow the
    footsteps of his famous parents. His childhood might have been surrounded by recording sessions and tours across the
    world, but initially it wasn't in Taylor's mind to become a singer.

    Taylor was raised in Manhattan and spent time in various private schools before leaving them behind in ninth grade.
    By then, he'd taught himself how to play guitar, but traveling the world and connecting with nature were Taylor's
    passion. Trips across Asia and Europe opened his eyes to Earth's greatest wonders, leading him to think he might
    like to be a gardener or a farmer. Still, he had his hand in a few musical makings. Before he turned 20, Taylor's
    cover of the Beatles' "I Will" landed on the soundtrack to a domestic comedy featuring Paul Reiser, Bye Bye, Love.
    He eventually recorded an album for Epic's label the Work Group, but it folded shortly after Taylor inked his
    contract. He was left feeling disenchanted, unsure of what he wanted to do with his life because he still wasn't
    convinced music was for him. Taylor would soon come to realize that music was the only career he'd understand.

    A trip to the Caribbean gave him the push he'd been wanting for so long. Armed with an acoustic guitar and a headful
    of songs, Taylor shaped himself into the natural singer/songwriter his parents knew he'd become. While visiting Los
    Angeles in late 2001, he befriended drummer Larry Ciancia (Fiona Apple, Everlast) and a musical bond was formed.
    Fellow musicians Adam MacDougall, Rick Musallam, and Joe Dunne joined them weeks later and the Ben Taylor Band was
    born; Taylor had gone from a shy, reserved teenager to a brave, confident young man and artist. the Ben Taylor Band
    signed a deal with WEA's Iris Records after Green Dragon, Name a Fox was virtually unnoticed after its 2002 release
    on Epic. In February 2003, the Ben Taylor Band issued Famous Among the Barns and jumped on tour with folk darling
    Dar Williams. Taylor tapped actor/musician Kevin Bacon to produce his third outing, the sure-footed and engaging
    Another Run Around the Sun, followed by a string of EPs. In 2008, he released a new full-length, The Legend of Kung
    Folk, Pt. 1, followed by Listening in 2012.

    Album Review - from allmusic

    Listening, the fourth full-length studio album from singer/songwriter/actor Ben Taylor, the son of Rock & Roll Hall
    of Famer James Taylor and multiple Grammy Award-winner Carly Simon, is also his first for a record label. Written
    and recorded over a four-year span, the 11 tracks run the gamut from quiet, introspective folk ("Listening") and
    shimmery, gospel-infused Americana ("Next Time Around") to soulful, late-night blues rock ("Oh Brother") and breezy,
    west coast country-pop ("Giulia"). Held together by Taylor's deep, expressive voice and deceptively simple guitar
    playing, Listening feels less like an amalgamation of styles and more like a guided tour through the genres that
    have inspired the self-described "kung folk" artist (he has extensive training in multiple martial arts) over the
    years. Polished but retaining the weathered edges of someone who has spent their career employing a fairly strict,
    D.I.Y. set of studio ethics, the album plays by its own set of rules within an already established game -- the
    tuneful title cut is clearly the work of the son of James Taylor, while the sleek, trip-hoppy "America" reflects a
    more urban, less urbane perspective of the world. That said, incorporating reggae ("You Could Be Mine") and hip-hop
    ("Dirty") into an already busy cocktail can be a bit jarring, even for fans of the increasingly cosmopolitan world
    of commercial folk-pop (Dave Matthews, Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson), but Taylor's laid-back delivery, everyman lyrics,
    and familiar melodies lend each stylistic digression an air of unpretentiousness that eventually wins the listener

    Track Listing

    1. Listening
    2. Oh Brother
    3. Not Alone
    4. Giulia
    5. Worlds Are Made of Paper
    6. Vespa's Song
    7. America
    8. Dirty
    9. Burning Bridges
    10. You Could Be Mine
    11. Next Time Around

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    Jack johnson does spring to mind immediately...not a bad track, could grow on me possibly

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