(2010) Diamonds In The Dirt

Joanne Shaw Taylor

... read moreBritish blues guitarist Joanne Shaw Taylor comes off as a talented, if unfinished, young blues artist on her second album, Diamonds in the Dirt. Leading a quartet also including Steve Potts (drums), Dave Smith (bass), and Rick Steff (keyboards), Taylor turns in a set of original songs that serve as...

45′:21″ 10 Songs

1
Joanne Shaw Taylor
Can't Keep Living Like This
5:13
2
Joanne Shaw Taylor
Dead And Gone
4:08
3
Joanne Shaw Taylor
Same As It Never Was
4:55
4
Joanne Shaw Taylor
Jump That Train
4:51
5
Joanne Shaw Taylor
Who Do You Love?
3:07
6
Joanne Shaw Taylor
Diamonds In The Dirt
5:08
7
Joanne Shaw Taylor
Let It Burn
4:30
8
Joanne Shaw Taylor
World On Fire
3:52
9
Joanne Shaw Taylor
Lord Have Mercy
4:40
10
Joanne Shaw Taylor
The World And It's Way
4:57
Released 11 October 2010, ℗ Ruf Records GmbH

Review

British blues guitarist Joanne Shaw Taylor comes off as a talented, if unfinished, young blues artist on her second album, Diamonds in the Dirt. Leading a quartet also including Steve Potts (drums), Dave Smith (bass), and Rick Steff (keyboards), Taylor turns in a set of original songs that serve as platforms for her electric lead work. The CD booklet prints all her lyrics, which she sings in a smoky, throaty alto, and the words turn out to be a succession of clichés, with a heavy emphasis on fire imagery, as titles like "Let It Burn" and "World on Fire" suggest. Bad behavior, bad luck, and bad love are alluded to, all of which are more than enough to justify the emotion Taylor expresses in her singing and the fervor with which she plays the guitar. Still, those leads often seem to have little to do with the songs from which they spring, and they tend to be more displays of technical virtuosity than expressions of feeling. Producer Jim Gaines may realize that the playing is more flash than substance, since he often chooses to fade out songs on the lead playing, an otherwise odd decision. Taylor's limitations are really just those of youth, so maybe it is better to focus on her strengths as a player, which come across as soon as she puts her fingers on her instrument. (Her voice has real possibilities, too, once she really learns how to use it.) ~ William Ruhlmann