Thursday, December 17, 2009

Review: Like Trains and Taxis "Tales From A Revolving Door"

The band's name is Like Trains and Taxis - sounds like they are built to take us somewhere. But in this case, it is not the destination that matters, it is the journey. The musical journey this band will take you on passes through a myriad of genres, from piano pop to jazz, with occasional pitstops in soul.

Like Trains and Taxis is a trio of artists from New Brunswick, NJ - all with sophisticated talents led by vocalist Chris Harris. Harris has a soothing, mellow tone with a mild smokey bar quality that drifts between Jack Johnson and Daryl Hall. In general, the music is not too far from the realm of Jack Johnson either, but with acoustic piano rather than acoustic guitar. The melodies are more artistic than infectious, and the lyrics are also more cerebral than simplistic. My favorite cuts include "Their Eyes Were Watching God", "Crooks", and "Charlie".

If you dig Jack Johnson, John Mayer, or Ryan Adams, you'll probably find something to enjoy on "Tales From A Revolving Door". If you are ready to be taken for a smooth and relaxing ride, Like Trains and Taxis is ready to take you on board. The record is out January, 2010.

iPOD-worthy: 1, 3, 5, 8

Like Trains and Taxis on MySpace. Official site.

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