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The Distance * [Taylor Hicks]

  • 1. Distance, The
    2. What's Right Is Right
    3. New Found Freedom
    4. Nineteen
    5. Once Upon a Lover
    6. Seven Mile Breakdown
    7. Maybe You Should
    8. Keeping It Real
    9. I Live on a Battlefield
    10. Wedding Day Blues
    11. Woman's Got to Have It
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 6134810191

  • Credits
    ProducerSimon Climie; Simon Climie
    EngineerJoel Evenden; Don Murray; Simon Climie; Joel Evenden; Isha Erskine; Don Murray; Simon Climie

    Personnel: Taylor Hicks (vocals, piano); Elliott Yamin (vocals); Doyle Bramhall II (guitar, electric guitar, slide guitar, dobro); Michael Thompson (guitar); Simon Climie (acoustic guitar, background vocals); Dennis Caplinger (violin); Toby Baker (strings, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Wurlitzer organ, keyboards); Simon Gardner (trumpet, flugelhorn); Abe Laboriel, Jr. (drums); Nicky "Misschief" Shaw (percussion, programming); Sharon White (percussion); Tim Carmen (background vocals).
    Programmer: Nicky "Misschief" Shaw.
    Audio Mixers: Joel Evenden; Don Murray ; Simon Climie.
    Recording information: Glenwood Place Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
    Arranger: Simon Climie.
    Shortly after winning the 2006 season of AMERICAN IDOL, blue-eyed soul singer Taylor Hicks released a hastily conceived but well-received major label album, featuring the kind of solid, R&B-inflected rock that earned him accolades with the IDOL judges and viewing public. Although the album debuted at number two on the Billboard charts and eventually went platinum, Hicks was dropped from the label in early 2008.
    This 2009 release on the independent Modern Whomp label continues in the same vein. The soul-rock numbers center around Hicks's smooth tenor, and are presented with a dramatic story-telling flourish. Hicks sounds equally at home on love songs (hit single "What's Right is Right"), swampy blues-rockers ("Seven Mile Breakdown"), and stirring piano ballads ("Nineteen," a rueful tale of war heroism). Most surprising is a cover of Nick Lowe's "I Live on a Battlefield." Powered by an insistent organ and an impassioned vocal performance, this track shows what Hicks can do with superior material.

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