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Friday, May 31, 2013

Yellow Dog Records artist: Cassie Taylor - Out Of My Mind - New Release Review

I just received a copy of the new release, Out Of My Mind, by Cassie Taylor and she just keeps getting better! This release of 12 original tracks opens with Ol' Mama Dean, a soulful strut with a great pop hook and in addition to sweet vocals from Taylor includes rippin nice slide guitar work from Steve Mignano. Some Spare Love is a particularly cool blues track with soft but rich vocals supported by clean guitar riffs by Mignano and minimal drums by Larry Thompson and bass by Taylor. Mignano really has a nice hand on the fretboard and adds significantly to the overall feel of the track. I really like this. Lay My Head On Your Pillow is a real nice R&B style track done lightly backed by acoustic guitar and drums. Taylor continues to demonstrate her individuality in vocal style, not going over the top with vocal pyrotechnics but singing solid tracks with certain feel. New Orleans shows a definite period style with solid pop style vocals and is strengthened by addition of trumpet by Jon Gray and light rimshots by Larry Thompson. No Ring Blues has a Latin beat chased by Mignano on electric guitar. This is a slick track allowing Taylor her spotlight but also giving a decent space to Mignano to slash some really tasty riffs. Forgiveness has the fullest ensemble featuring `Gray on trumpet, Todd Edmunds on tuba as well as Taylor on bass and hammond, Mignano on guitar and Thompson on drums. Gone And Dead has a bit of a progressive edge featuring Steven Vidaic on keys. With an unusual time signature and almost Stomo Yamashta like sonic image, this is a really cool track. The final track on the release, Again, sets up in a gospel like manner with Taylor on piano, Mignano on guitar, Thompson on drums and Owen Tharp on bowed bass. This track is particularly strong and should easily make airtime routinely. Really nice.

 I have had the opportunity to review a number of projects that Taylor has worked on and this stands tall with any other work that she has done.

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