New Songs of Free­dom

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Musicreviews - JOE BREEN

Train Wreck Records Chip Tay­lor is a re­mark­able artist and man – and that’s not even men­tion­ing his con­nec­tions (brother to Jon Voight, un­cle to An­gelina Jolie) or his Brill Build­ing song­writ­ing cred­its (Wild Thing and An­gel of the Morn­ing). One of the orig­i­nal van­guard of the pro­gres­sive coun­try move­ment, Tay­lor gave it all up to be­come a suc­cess­ful full­time gam­bler. And then he turned back to mu­sic, al­beit on his own terms, and it is as a mav­er­ick left­ish singer-song­writer that he is now known. This mini-album is a col­lec­tion of old and new songs, in­clud­ing three from Tay­lor’s stir­ring Black and Blue Amer­ica that was binned af­ter 9/11, pre­sum­ably be­cause of its ques­tion­ing stance. There is also a fine song about Lao­tian “US” sol­diers still fight­ing in the jun­gle for free­dom. Thought­ful, provoca­tive, in­ci­sive, Tay­lor picks at the con­science of his na­tive land – al­though the drawn-out The Mak­ing of Dance with a Hole in Your Shoe wears some­what. www.train­wreck­

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