This album was originally released in early 2003 so it's surprising that it's taken over 2 years to get its first Amazon review. For those of you unfamiliar with Lewis Taylor he is one of the UK's greatest exponents of soul-based music, and has been for a decade. Why massive commercial success has never been his is somewhat bemusing, but probably in part due to the fact that his music is so much more complex and original than that which record companies usually market as 'soul', and indeed, deserves not to be pigeon-holed as such anyway. His eponymous debut is one the best 'soul' albums, from any country, of the last decade and still sounds as groundbreaking as it did in 1995 and I strongly urge those wishing to discover Lewis Taylor to check that one out first, then head to his second, equally as superb 'Lewis II'. 'Stoned | Part 1' is his third official album release and continues Lewis's unique demonstration of what he terms 'Psychedelic Soul'. Mayfield/Gaye influenced lead vocals in a sea of Beach Boys-esque harmonies, on a bedrock of funky guitars, rhodes-style keyboards, electronic trickery and groovy, authentic sounding drums, in an atmosphere which is usually quite dark and dramatic. Lewis's voice is beautiful, and his guitar playing is clearly that of someone who has spent many an hour jamming along to Hendrix and Page, as well as listening to more sensitive, acoustic and jazzy offerings. In short - another great slice of unique, contemporary 'soul', but leagues ahead of the boring, derivative, commercialised c#@p we get sold as soul music these days. Only 4 stars because it's not as good as his first two albums, but by anyone else's standards would deserve 5.
Is there no end to this man's talents ? I think Lewis plays every instrument on this album and puts it together in his home studio , also of course he writes his own material, he's a musician, moving away from the Marvyn Gay influenced first album Lewis Taylor This is a great piece of british soul music well worth a listen, very catchy .
I purchased the import version of this album as an impulse random bargain. What a fantastic deal!I had not heard of the artist prior to this. This music is where Robin Thicke must have gained inspiration and sought aspiration to achieve something as good! I don't actually think he made his RnB/pop as startling as this set but there are similarities. Wonderful production, writing, and arrangement on every track.[The cover version of 'Stop,Look,Listen [to Your Hear]'is a wonderful homage to Marvin but is (with other tracks) sadly missing from here.]A shame as it represents the huge influence Gaye appears to have had on the singer. I am astounded how well a north London soul boy can make music of such quality. Slight influence of Prince in the vocals and rock guitar departments and even a few harmonies that give a flavour of the Beach Boys in a very good way! I am trying to give a hint of what the music is like but it is difficult.this music is a soulful culmination of everything great in pop over the last thirty years (maybe not too much rock or thank god C'n'W!!!)The music stands up so well by itself. Give this a try-I am off to catch up on the other two albums! Toyed with a five star and the only possible negative is that this version is missing some tracks compared to my version,so if you can, track that version down-it's bound to be cheaper and better.It saddens me that I have not been aware of this artist and also that his lack of marketability may mean he never gains much recognition for his special talent.Keep the faith Lewis,musical people know better!
This CD is incorrectly listed. There is no mention of Lewis Taylor anywhere in the CD booklet and even the label is misrepresented on the listing. The band picture contains no one who looks like LT. They all look too young. It's NOT 'Slow Reality' (an anagram of Lewis Taylor at all; it's 'Square Root Recordings'. So if you're expecting a Lewis Taylor Rarity, you will be disappointed.