James Taylor’s Mellow Rebirth: Inside „Before This World“
James Taylor’s first new LP since 2002 is a collection of mellow, folky music that’s reminiscent of his enduring work from the 1970s. Taylor holed up in a waterfront apartment in Newport, Rhode Island, bringing along his guitar, a lyric notebook and little else. „I didn’t know anybody, and I didn’t see anybody,“ he says. „That’s when things started to happen.“ He emerged with a batch of songs, which he completed recording this year in a barn on his property in Western Massachusetts with his touring band, featuring Steve Gadd on drums and Jimmy Johnson on bass.