Title - 'TAYLORMADE' (Sing Records)
Artist - Tasha Taylor
Pedigree will tell. In rhythm and soul, it’s bred in the bone. Tasha Taylor, the youngest daughter of pioneering R&B artist, Johnnie Taylor is having a breakout year with the release of her first solo CD, TAYLORMADE.
After a little radio station fine tuning (re: 'Intro'), we get straight into the Motown soul groove with a cover of her late father Johnnie Taylor's classic, 'Who's Making Love?' - which brings back haunting memories of the Blues Brothers' version! And straight from the off, you double take on the album cover as what appears to be a little girl is actually a soulful young lady - with velvet pipes!
The heartfelt trio of tracks that come next - 'Somebody,' 'I Got Love,' and 'Queen' - are all tracks that showcase her depth, but it's the funky 'Middle' that gets us quickly back on the groove train. The vein continues on through into one of the best tracks on the album, 'Wonder Woman,' before the storytelling of 'Badman.'
'Refund' is a nice, cool vibe song, with the weirdly-included (being that it's May!) 'Merry Christmas Baby' coming soon thereafter! Although, it has to be also said that every time Tasha sings the word "Merry" it always sounds just like "Marry"! Oh well, anyway, moving on and 'Best Friend' is a lovely song of hope, the sassy 'Sexylady' delivers too, but the album closer 'Daddy's Girl' is definitely the way to bring things to a musical end.