My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Sweet Baby James was recorded in about a week during December of 1969 and released in February of 1970. It is Taylor’s second album.
What I think: As with most of the albums in this project, I was really hoping this album would surprise me and I would end up enjoying it. Unfortunately, that is not the case here for two reasons. Number one: James Taylor has no soul. He just sings the songs with that unemotional steady voice. It’s a decent voice, but it doesn’t vary. This first reason sort of strings into reason Number two: I don’t believe anything he is singing about. Most of the songs focus on Taylor’s want to be back in the country side of North Carolina. I call B.S., he never wanted to go back to the country. He was happy in L.A. or N.Y.C. and never looked back (In reality, I could be completely wrong with this assessment, that is the feeling I get when listening to the songs though… just disbelief). And there is nothing wrong with that, but don’t pretend otherwise.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? Bleck. It’s there another CSNY solo album we could focus on instead?
Rating (Out of 5): 1.5
Amazon Review (Out of 5): 4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (165/210)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 79%