David Taylor tells a very personal story through a very traditional Americana country sound with his album Texas Heat. Taylor was born in Texas and then moved to Charlotte, North Carolina when he was thirteen. I think it's interesting that he seemed very committed to go back to his roots with the album name. This album is decidedly American made and accessible for so many dealing with the very issues he addresses.
The first track "Twelve Dollar Check" is such a personal and yet very topical narrative. It's a tale of poverty and the excruciating frustration of trying to hold a family together when money is short and you begin to wonder how you're going to put food on the table. I don't know if the tone of the lyrics really connected with the mood of the music.
"We'll get by" slows down a great deal and in my opinion has a much better cohesion between the lyrics and music. This song also ties into the theme of triumph over adversity. There's mental and physical anguish as the stakes are high. Track three is "Take Me Back To Texas." Here you'll understand how much of Taylor's heart was left in his favorite state. This is another slow one with an emphasis on family.
"Last Chance (American Dream)” is yet another very accessible song with lyrics that deal with poverty. It addresses the pitfalls of working endlessly and earning very little and losing peace of mind in the process. This track was one of my favorites musically. The added piano was a nice touch. It was also given a few more layers that really punched it up. The music and lyrics melded really well here. "Wondering" falls deep into the classic country genre. The last track is "Bartender" and I really loved the guitar in this one, I don't want to spoil it too much, but it's a great closer.
I like Taylor's voice, although I think with a little work I could love it. He tends to lean towards slower, low fi songs and this puts a big focus on his vocal ability. The place where he struggles is on hard inflection and holding a note. It's here that I firmly believe he could tone that muscle and really make those words fly. I love his lyrics and the music managed to pull on my heart strings from time to time. There was something in the treatment of the production on the album that I thought could be improved.
This is one of those albums that really calls for a love of country music, something I could tell Taylor clearly has in spades. I want to commend him on his willingness to share such a personal narrative.
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