Taylor Good - How
Peden, CSO Staff Journalist
are the songs that I have been waiting for other artists to
record. I can’t wait any longer!
– Karen Taylor-Good’s liner notes.
Many Women is Karen Taylor-Good’s latest album. And
a more apt title you couldn’t find for this, her sixth album.
Karen Taylor-Good is, indeed, many women. A look at her
impressive resume highlights a career stoked and stacked with
achievement. There are the awards for her music. She’s had a
Grammy nomination, she’s recognised for her ACM and CMA
nominations, and she’s had her tunes recorded by many and
varied artists. They include, amongst many others, Diamond Rio,
Neal McCoy, Laura Branigan, and Patty Loveless. For Taylor-Good,
who once supplemented record royalties with jingles for
McDonalds, the lady known as the Song Guru for wanting to change
the world one song at a time, has gathered here a collection of
her finest. This new album is the polished result.
this genre-hopping and wide-appeal disc, there are two
constants. Taylor–Good does not only write deeply life-filled
lyrics, but she sings them with a voice that’s rich, clear and
pure. Her voice is not bellow and forced, but rather we hear a
woman, strong and confident, who vocally is persuasive enough to
bring you through her album track by track, one song at a time.
value-packed 15 tracker, which has Taylor-Good inked on all
tunes, opens with the blues-soaked “Hooked On You”. The
tune, which records the push and shove of people with dependent
needs, tells us time spent hooked on life and love is the real
rush. “You Never Said Anything About Love” is a mellow,
reflective piece showcasing Taylor-Good’s perfected vocal
gymnastics. The current radio spin, “God’s Refrigerator”,
a track which maximises her efficient backing band of six, is a
an album that doesn’t sit keenly with a country tag, its
appeal rests with its range of moods and diversity. Moody
moments and inspired thought comes with “Oh Guinevere”. The
cold cheating played out on the track loses out, however, in the
forever vows of “If You Do”, a sombre wedding duet with
Collin Raye. But it’s in “Love Is A Verb” grammatical
perfection enjoys a challenge, as the song pushes our lonely
heroine into “doing” rather than the “naming” what she
wants. “I’m Tellin’ Ellen” is a pop-country toe-tapper.
It tells of a double-dealing guy out on a double-date. Ellen’s
girlfriend is a switched on liberator, one who sees the truthful
way to continuing female friendship is to expose the flirting
ways of Ellen’s date. And she does.
strength of this album is in the quality of the writing.
Taylor-Good is a liberated wordsmith, one who isn’t shackled
by needed niceties. She, right across this album, tells it like
proving point is the acid-laced “”Bless His Heart”. The
humorous, but vitriolic, tune proves Mamma was right: you can
say anything to anybody; it’s all in how it’s said. With her
tongue pushed firmly upwards, Taylor-Good asks the unsuspecting,
“You’re fat and you’re so pale, are you sick” and while
turning away, “bless his heart.” The sarcastic nice and
nasty geyser flows on with “So…you’re still single,
“well, bless your heart”. The tune, pointed and sharp, lazy
and laconic, is insightful, funny, but, oh, so factual of those
who would easily wear the Queen of Mean crown.
Taylor-Good, published author, motivational speaker, tunesmith
and supplier of hits to the stars, this is a better than great
album. For this musical maven, often overlooked except for her
song writing, on this album, stellar, honest and charmed, comes
the chance to correct the balance. And why not? After all,
she’s waited long enough.
this one out. You won’t be disappointed.
purchase this CD just click
on the album cover.
1: Hooked On you
2: You Never Said Anything About Love
3: God’s Refrigerator
4: Oh, Guinevere
5: How Many Women
6: If You Do (with Collin Raye)
7: Man Enough
8: Love Is A Verb
9: Wild Blue Yonder
10: Bless His Heart
11: I’m Tellin’ Ellen
12: Deep Blue Desert Sky
13: On Angel’s Wings
14: One Mile Apart
15: One Mile Apart (Spanish Version)
- Official Site
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