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Now I See the Chains

by Laurence Taylor

Laurence Taylor writes acoustically in the style of Sixties/Seventies singer-songwriters, attempting to combine the mordant wit of Leonard Cohen with the lyrical indefatiguability of Bob Dylan, with a nod to the social sensitivities of Phil Ochs.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Penury
4:28 $0.99
2. Greener Pastures
3:17 $0.99
3. Underwater Kingdom
5:08 $0.99
4. I'm the Man Who Runs the Fair
3:26 $0.99
5. Different Times
5:26 $0.99
6. Making Love in My Mind
2:31 $0.99
7. There Are No Angels in Babel
3:59 $0.99
8. The World Was Innocent
3:57 $0.99
9. Tonight I Want to Compromise
3:20 $0.99
10. Now I See the Chains
5:10 $0.99
11. Her Whole History
3:04 $0.99
12. The Apostles of the Brothels
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Album Notes
NOW I SEE THE CHAINS by LAURENCE TAYLOR is a modern acoustic album soaked in the febrile lyrical creativity of the late Sixties and Seventies singer-songwriters for whom words really mattered, such as Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Harry Chapin, Al Stewart, Ralph McTell, David Ackles, Don McLean, Pete Atkin, Paul Simon, Randy Newman and, in more modern times, Lily Allen, Ed Sheeran and Nick Currie aka Momus. Every track means something and strains to find exactly the right words and music to conjure up that feeling, but exactly what it means is left to whatever it triggers in the listener's consciousness.

The album kickstarts with the driving opening power chords of the song PENURY, which was written 15 years before the financial crash of 2008 and looked forward to a time when not just the cash machines but the whole of society would be both fiscally and morally bankrupt, which doesn't look like such a bad guess now here in 2014. The mood then softens for GREENER PASTURES, the first of the album's romantic quintet, the story of a powerful but ultimately doomed romance. It then moves into UNDERWATER KINGDOM, a Kafkaesque cornucopia of mixed metaphormophosis conveying the mental kaleidoscope of a breakdown and from there to the album single, I'M THE MAN WHO RUNS THE FAIR, a philosophical screed in the style of Don McLean, using the image of a funfair as a metaphor for the fragility of existence.

DIFFERENT TIMES tries to enumerate the more modern problems faced by the world and the need to take our role therein more seriously before digressing to the ultimate leisure activity of MAKING LOVE IN MY MIND. Here it moves to the slow, sorrowful Leonard Cohenesque warble of THERE ARE NO ANGELS IN BABEL, with its unbearably sad 'la la la' chorus seeking to unveil all the sorrow in a seaside shell. THE WORLD WAS INNOCENT is a nostalgic romp through the songwriter's teenage years while COMPROMISE is an all-out country twango about relationships which merely appear to spontaneously combust. The album's title song NOW I SEE THE CHAINS builds on the angst of DIFFERENT TIMES and looks back to a more engaged age when freedom was all about having everything left to win.

HER WHOLE HISTORY is an attempt to convey the beauty in all ways of women, and one in particular. And the album ends with the spiritually surreal THE APOSTLES OF THE BROTHELS, which imagines religious roleplay beyond the pages of The Bible.

The cover art for this album and the accompanying single, I'M THE MAN WHO RUNS THE FAIR, is by Bo Gorzelak Pedersen.



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