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CD REVIEW: Taggart Smith – You’re Not Alone
By Ben Ohmart - 09/18/2002 - 01:42 PM EDT

Artist: Taggart Smith
Album: You’re Not Alone
CD Review: Taggart Smith is a happy man, and that’s why his music sounds like it does. This is a solo piano album in the vein of George Winston, Rick Wakeman and the ever-popular Jim Brickman. Like those authorities, Smith has a master’s touch that believes fully in melody and sunshine. If the entire album – all 12 tracks – isn’t positive, then there is no such word.

Audibly, this is music to soak your feet in. It is instrumental accompaniment to a happy life, or it scores a way of making you get one. There is an element of religiousness about the cd – perhaps because the rich acoustic tones of the piano, struck with clearness and in major chord harmony, remind one of how we are all conditioned to accept heaven. A bright, grand and glorious place filled with redemption and peace.

Peace. Tranquility. That’s what’s going on. From time to time you will hear the echo or full tune of a nursery rhyme or lullaby. That’s because this project began as a notion for Shelby, Smith’s new baby daughter. From that, you may gather that there’s a spirit of wonder and innocence about the music, as if we are exploring new worlds together, listener and composer. Quite a good feeling.

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