Things had hit their nadir for Taylor at Columbia with this 1979 release. The horrible title notwithstanding, there was simply nothing on the album that you'd ever want to hear twice, and it was a struggle to get through much of it once. Unconvincing dance-pop and light filler, decently sung but otherwise routine third-rate soul songs, and a general vapidness weighed this album down and made Taylor's fans almost organize to free him from Columbia.
Nonesuch Records labelmates mandolinist/singer Chris Thile and pianist Brad Mehldau, longtime admirers of each other's work, first toured as a duo in 2013. At the end of 2015, they played a two-night stand at New York City's Bowery Ballroom before going into the studio to record Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau, a mix of covers and original songs that Nonesuch releases on January 27, 2017, on two CDs / LPs. The vinyl edition includes a bonus performance of Fiona Apple's "Fast As You Can." You can watch a live performances of the former above and the latter below.
Taylor's first official solo effort in ten years, Happiness? is a politically themed album that tackles various issues such as the rise of neo-Nazis ("Nazis 1994"), the plight of Third World peoples ("Revelation"), and political and religious hypocrisy ("The Key")…
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