Joanne Shaw Taylor review…May 22, 2019….

JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR

RECKLESS HEART

SONY/SILVERTONE MUSIC

IN THE MOOD–RECKLESS HEART–THE BEST THING–BAD LOVE–I’M ONLY LONELY–CREEPIN–I’VE BEEN LOVING YOU TOO LONG–ALL MY LOVE–BREAK MY HEART ANYWAY–NEW 89–JAKE’S BOOGIE–THE BEST THING (MARK NEEDHAM RADIO MIX)

We’ve been fans of Joanne Shaw Taylor since the beginning of her career.  She has gotten better with each successive album and hits her creative and emotional stride with her latest for Sony/Silvertone, “Reckless Heart.”  The twelve cuts herein find her one minute being the flirty one, the next minute, falling hopelessly in and out of love!  The festivities begin with our girl rockin’ her blues away, as she’s “In The Mood–how ’bout you?”  The pounding percussion of the title cut delineates one of our favorites, as she knows that she’s better off without a lover, for she’ll “never change the beat of your Reckless Heart.”  She stays in that bittersweet vein, this time laying down a groove that has a cool, Sixties-ish, Lulu or Dusty Springfield vibe, offering up perhaps the unkindest cut of all, “I’m Only Lonely when you’re here.”  Her guitar speaks volumes on “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long, and you’ve been loving me all wrong,” while “New 89” traces our heroine’s trips up and down the Blues Highway, this time telling a lover with the best of intentions and who’s looking for a “Shotgun Rider,” that, alas, “I like to ride alone!”

Joanne Shaw Taylor offers up twelve anthems of empowerment and scathing blues-rock with “Reckless Heart.”  It shows her at her most honest, soulful, confident, and powerful.  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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