The recently retired middle class breezing down the highway on their first
of many cross-country vacations would do well to slide James Taylor’s
newest into the CD player, as they prepare to enjoy new arrangements of
very familiar classics like “Suzanne,” “Hound Dog”
and even “On Broadway.” Enthusiasts for the originals might
find them a snore, but age-spotted hands will be kept busy drumming the
steering wheel to Taylor’s complex layering of acoustic and soft
electric guitars and soulful vocals. I certainly didn’t hate it.