Mirrors & Windows

Dulcie Taylor

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Mirrors & Windows Review

by Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.

One of the things that sinks many a singer/songwriter is that they fail to tie their word poems to a musical vision and good melodies. And while nothing is wrong with literary songwriting, an occasional hook, or catchy chorus goes a long way toward keeping the listener awake. Dulcie Taylor, like any singer/songwriter worth his/her salt, has something to say about relationships and understanding ourselves, but she doesn't forget to add some interesting ingredients into the musical stew. A slow, bluesy guitar; ethereal background vocals; and a hollow drum add just the right atmospheric touch to the mysterious "Woman I Used to Be." On "Maybe" -- one of the album's strongest tracks -- Duke Levine's guitar work and Michael Bellar's Hammond B3 provide a nice soulful underpinning. The song is further enhanced by chords that subtly shift, giving the lyric an extra emotional kick. Even deep into Mirrors & Windows, Taylor dishes up "Pillow Like a Stone," a kiss-off packaged as a fun bit of rock & roll. To top it all off, Taylor's a good singer who fills her songs with emotion while the shifting cast of bandmembers offers a sympathetic foundation. Mirrors & Windows is a solid singer/songwriter effort that reaches beyond the usual clich├ęs of the genre.

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