Taylor Barton

Skinny Kat

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The sound of this album, Barton's third, insinuates its way under your skin with her winsome voice and some sharp instrumentation -- a violin here, a soprano sax there. Barton's warm, intelligent lyrics about yearning, regret and other heartfelt emotions sink in later. The production and much of the quietly inspired and sympathetic playing is courtesy of Barton's husband G.E. Smith, the former Saturday Night Live guitarist and music director. Smith provides a range of sounds to suit the words, and Barton's singing does the rest. The Well has the feel, if not the style, of a Laura Nyro confessional. While Maria McKee has the stronger voice, Barton compares favorably to her fellow singer/songwriter.

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