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I Feel Like a Fading Light
Artist: Kim Taylor 
Label: Don't Darling Me
Length: 13/49:25

Close your eyes and listen to I Feel Like a Fading Light by Kim Taylor. If you are unfamiliar with this disc, you will swear beyond a shadow of a doubt that you have a lost Over the Rhine disc in your hands. Given Taylor's history of touring with and singing backup vocals for OTR, this is probably not a coincidence. This is a disc rife with pop culture references, stories of falling in and out of love, and self-examination. 

Occasionally Taylor's vocals approach Leigh Nash sonically, but for the most part she emulates Karin Bergquist's sultry alto persona, even to the point of applying the mush/drunken lisping that is a Bergquist trademark. The multidimensional "Jimi Zhivago" (Ollabelle) plays the Linford Detwiler role here, producing the album, and playing a multitude of instruments ranging from percussion to keyboards to ukulele. 

Lyrically, the songs are alt country short stories, somewhat in the Tom Waits or Grant Lee Phillips vein. "Glove" describes Taylor's love as "unsteady as an earthquake". "I Feel Like a Fading Light" depicts a struggle between making the easy choice or doing the right, more difficult thing. "Baby I Need You" namechecks Elvis and Jesus, and shows a woman who wants a combination of the two. 

Currently on the road with Ron Sexsmith, and getting ready to open for Aqualung, Taylor is on the verge of gaining a wider audience. With a little luck, and some label money thrown behind her, she could become Cincinnati's latest success story. More likely is that she'll continue to enjoy some indie and critical praise, and continue to be one of those little musical secrets we musical snobs enjoy taking pride in ourselves for knowing. 

Brian A. Smith
30 January 2007



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