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Day 288: James Taylor – Sweet Baby James

13 Dec

Fire and Rain

In a week filled with much Wilco, I understand why I’ve been assigned a James Taylor record for Dad Rock Tuesday (Wednesday).  Also, I should apologize for the delay in getting this post up.  Sometimes life hits you hard, colleges slap you in the face, and all you want to do is mope around (and go to a Wilco concert) for a few hours.  I’m done moping, though, partially due to that Wilco show.  The setlist may help you understand why.

Anyway, I was in the process of comparing some Wilco stuff to this James Taylor record.  Lets continue in that direction.

Over Wilco’s seventeen years in existence, they’ve gone through quite a few different sounds.  From pure alt-country to straight indie rock, and now even featuring a little artsy-fartsy avant garde-y goofiness, a whole slew of bands can be compared to those guys in different eras.  However, it is my belief that every DRT pick has a reason behind it, so perhaps with a little bias on my part, I hear straight-up early WIlco out of James Taylor.  Which means that it’s quite possible that Wilco is emulating James Taylor in their music.

However, there’s no doubt that this is a country record.  I mean, the dude covers “Oh Susannah,” and it’s really freaking good. Steel guitars and depressing lyrics abound, as this is the type of album that makes me like country music.  If only the stuff on the radio sounded like this. And didn’t bring up Jesus in every other line.