LIVE: James Taylor @ Tanglewood, 7/3/12

July 9th, 2012, 4:00 pm by Greg
James Taylor @ Tanglewood, 7/3/12

James Taylor

Review by Joel Patterson
Photograph by Darlene Bordwell

It’s been 41 years since James Taylor and his shaggy mane graced the cover of Time Magazine, the herald angel of a new era in pop music. His stripped-down, acoustic guitar-based “new folk” in true dialectic fashion signaled a retreat from the excesses of overblown ’60s rock with its apocalyptic bombast and eve-of-destruction politics. The James Taylors and Jackson Brownes were anguished and introspective, weaving tales of confusion and contradiction – reveries shot through with pain and simple joys compromised by nagging self-awareness and complicity.

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