Picks and Pans Review: Hourglass
Anyone with a radio will be familiar with Taylor's skillful blend of complex, often dark, lyrics and instantly familiar melodies. But what makes Hourglass so special—and JT's best work in 20 years—is its emotional depth.
As accessible as ever, these are compelling songs about death, disappointment and the quest for meaning. The wry "Line 'Em Up" casts a sharp eye on conformity; the limpid melody of "Gaia" hides an ominous environmental warning; the sacred Chinese mountain he climbs in "Up Er Mei" restores hope. "We could never have guessed/ We were already blessed," he sings, and it's a lovely moment indeed. (Columbia)
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