I wouldn’t say Maria Taylor has gone out on a limb with her fourth solo album Overlook, but something must have happened to her since her last effort Lady Luck, for this self-produced collection of 9 new songs are bigger, bolder, and more daring in a way that sounds all new. Maria has accomplished some hook filled tracks with big lead guitars, the best examples are “In A Bad Way”, and “This Could Take a Lifetime” – where her vocals are gloriously upfront and raw. Switching gears she softens things up with “Bad Idea”, a folk ballad that will have you singing along for the rest of the day – you can also download this track below.
Maria still has plenty of heart-wrenching numbers, “Along For the Ride” is particularly mesmerizing and features her trademark hushed vocals. Perhaps her strongest, and most adventurous track is the dynamic “Masterplan” with drumming and song styling that will keep you guessing as to what she’s gonna do next. Maria has accomplished her most well-rounded effort to-date with Overlook and is bound to be one of 2011′s very best.
Invaluable contributors include: neighbor Lester Nuby III (Verbena, Vulture Whale) engineered the album at Ol Elegante Studios in Birmingham, and plays drums on two tracks (Taylor herself played the remaining drum parts); friend Browan Lollar (of Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit; lead guitar, acoustic guitar, lap steel); brother Macey Taylor (The Mystic Valley Band, A.A. Bondy; bass, banjo, organ, keys). LA-based but Birmingham-native Daniel Farris mixed the album, and her friend, local artist Margarette Simmons, designed Overlook’s artwork.
Maria Taylor tour dates:
OCT. 12 BATON ROUGE, LA CHELSEA’S CAFÉ
OCT. 14 AUSTIN, TX THE MOHAWK (inside)
OCT. 17 PHOENIX, AZ THE CRESCENT BALLROOM
OCT. 18 SAN DIEGO, CA THE CASBAH
OCT. 20 LOS ANGELES, CA THE ECHO
OCT. 22 SAN FRANCISCO, CA RICKSHAW STOP
OCT. 24 PORTLAND, OR MISSISSIPPI STUDIOS
OCT. 25 SEATTLE, WA THE SUNSET TAVERN
OCT. 27 SALT LAKE CITY, UT URBAN LOUNGE
OCT. 28 DENVER, CO HI DIVE
OCT. 30 OMAHA, NE SLOWDOWN