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Good News / Taylor-made
By: Taylor James

Reviewed by: JakeChambers

A pleasant reminder of what music use to sound like prior to Rap and Hip-Hop.

 

Generally I wouldn't bother to write a music review about singles. I'm an album, EP kind of guy. But when you hear an exceptional single, then you know you must make an exception. Good News and Taylor-Made are just such two exceptional singles.

Good News has that old school Motown sound of late 60s - early 70s that you'd hear on both AM and FM radio back in the day. Great lead vocals counterpointed backing vocal hooks with hot horn riffs on top of locomotive drums and bass. Combine it with a catchy choir chorus proclaiming, "We need a little good news/The people got to have good news/I know a place up higher where we can find/Good news, good news, good news". Be sure to check out the video for this single on Youtube: youtu.be/jmBAeb9GroY

Taylor-Made, the second single offers two Christmas songs with six versions; the one track Christmas and You, and a second little ditty titled Wishing You a Merry Christmas which again is a pleasant reminder of what music use to sound like prior to Rap and Hip-Hop. Luscious melodies, layered instrumental arrangements and just enough sentimentality to get you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside for those long lost days gone by.

Taylor James, from Vicksburg Mississippi, has a silky smooth voice that could sweetly wake you up in the morning and send you off to sleep at night. Blessed with a vocal range that can glide from a solid tenor to a spine tingling falsetto Taylor provides precisely phrased lines that hold their own with the best talent R&B has to offer.

Kudos are also due to the smart musical production exhibited on both singles. It takes the something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue studio formula and goes one better. If this is what the James gang has to offer on their singles, then I for one want to know, when's the album going to drop?

Radio & Press Promotion
REGIONAL URBAN AIRPLAY CHARTS




M3 Radio Brooklyn, NY

Rank Artist Recording Label User Supplied Version
1 TAYLOR JAMES Taylor-Made [EP] Hearts Of Gold  
2 TAYLOR JAMES "Good News" [Single] Hearts Of Gold  
3 MISS DRIA "Bomb" [Single] Self-Released  
4 ELVIS COSTELLO AND THE ROOTS Wise Up: Thought Remixes And Reworks Blue Note  
5 BIG WILL Cry Now, Laugh Later Rude Boy  
6 LEGEND HAZ IT Neptune Deuce Self-Released  
7 MAD DUKEZ AND FRESH KILS Getting' Gatsby Deep Thinka  
8 5IVE STAR "Show Me You Love Me" [Single] 5ive Star One  
9 LIZZO Lizzobangers Totally Gross National Product  
10 STREET DANCE BAND "The Mirror (featuring Tasha Mabry)" [Single] SCM

WERU -2 East Orland, ME

Rank Artist Recording Label User Supplied Version
1 RJD2 More Is Than Isn't RJ's Electrical Connections  
2 BREAK SCIENCE Seven Bridges Pretty Lights  
3 R.A. THE RUGGED MAN Legends Never Die Nature Sounds  
4 ASHERU Sleepless In Soweto Guerilla Arts Ink  
5 DELTRON 3030 Event II Bulk  
6 IVAN IVES Stranger No Threshold  
7 NISSIM Nissim Self-Released  
8 TAYLOR JAMES "Good News" [Single] Hearts Of Gold  
9 MISS DRIA "Bomb" [Single] Self-Released  
10 TAYLOR JAMES Taylor-Made [EP] Hearts Of Gold

WPHS Warren, MI

Rank Artist Recording Label User Supplied Version
1 SHAD Flying Colours Black Box  
2 MISS DRIA "Bomb" [Single] Self-Released  
3 GRAYSKUL Zenith Fake Four  
4 MASON Candy Flippin [EP] 11:11 Movement  
5 IVAN IVES Stranger No Threshold  
6 NISSIM Nissim Self-Released  
7 ASHERU Sleepless In Soweto Guerilla Arts Ink  
8 TAYLOR JAMES "Good News" [Single] Hearts Of Gold  
9 BLOOD ORANGE Cupid Deluxe Domino  
10 LOUIS LOGIC Look On The Blight Side Fake Four
REGIONAL TOP 30 AIRPLAY CHARTS

M3 Radio Brooklyn, NY

Rank Artist Recording Label User Supplied Version
1 POND Hobo Rocket Modular  
2 MISS DRIA "Bomb" [Single] Self-Released  
3 ARCADE FIRE Reflektor Merge  
4 TAYLOR JAMES Taylor-Made [EP] Hearts Of Gold  
5 DANNY BLU Do Your Worst Self-Released  
6 TAYLOR JAMES "Good News" [Single]Diamonds In The Rough [EP] Hearts Of Gold  
7 ARCTIC MONKEYS AM Domino  
8 DISMEMBERMENT PLAN Uncanney Valley Partisan  
9 JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS Unvarnished Blackheart  
10  SLEIGH BELLS Bitter Rivals  Mom And Pop  
11 PAUL MCCARTNEY New Concord-Hear-MPL  
12 KINGS OF LEON Mechanical Bull RCA  
13 FRANZ FERDINAND Right Thoughts Right Words Right Action Domino  
14 NEKO CASE The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You Anti  
15  AVENGED SEVENFOLD  Diamonds In The Rough [EP]    
16 DIANA Perpetual Surrender Jagjaguwar  
17 COKE WEED Back To Soft Self-Released  
18 JOHNATHAN RICE Good Graces SQE  
19 KISSAWAY TRAIL Breach Yep Roc  
20 DENT MAY Warm Blanket Paw Tracks-Carpark  
21 GIPSY KINGS Savor Flamenco KFR  
22 STAND UP AND SAY NO Stand Up And Say No Self-Released  
23 HANK WILLIAMS III Brothers Of The 4x4    
24 CITY RIOTS Sea Of Bright Lights Self-Released  
25 BARBAROSSA Bloodlines Memphis Industries  
26 LILY AND MADELEINE Lily And Madeleine Asthmatic Kitty  
27 GRINGO STAR Floating Out To See My Anxious Mouth  
28 DECEMBER Misplaced Not Lost Self-Released  
29 JORDAN WHITMORE Consider It Done Self-Released  
30 ISLANDS Ski Mask Manque
Radio & Promotion Report
REGIONAL URBAN AIRPLAY CHARTS




M3 Radio Brooklyn, NY

Rank Artist Recording Label User Supplied Version
1 TAYLOR JAMES "Good News" [Single] Hearts Of Gold  
2 TAYLOR JAMES Taylor-Made [EP] Hearts Of Gold  
3 MISS DRIA "Bomb" [Single] Self-Released  
4 ELVIS COSTELLO AND THE ROOTS Wise Up: Thought Remixes And Reworks Blue Note  
5 LEGEND HAZ IT Neptune Deuce Self-Released  
6 MAD DUKEZ AND FRESH KILS Getting' Gatsby Deep Thinka  
7 5IVE STAR "Show Me You Love Me" [Single] 5ive Star One  
8 LIZZO Lizzobangers Totally Gross National Product  
9 BIG WILL Cry Now, Laugh Later Rude Boy  
10 DOPETHOUGHT AND WORTH "Godly Indigos" [Single] Makemind

WERU -2 East Orland, ME

Rank Artist Recording Label User Supplied Version
1 RJD2 More Is Than Isn't RJ's Electrical Connections  
2 BREAK SCIENCE Seven Bridges Pretty Lights  
3 R.A. THE RUGGED MAN Legends Never Die Nature Sounds  
4 ASHERU Sleepless In Soweto Guerilla Arts Ink  
5 DELTRON 3030 Event II Bulk  
6 IVAN IVES Stranger No Threshold  
7 NISSIM Nissim Self-Released  
8 TAYLOR JAMES "Good News" [Single] Hearts Of Gold  
9 MISS DRIA "Bomb" [Single] Self-Released  
10 TAYLOR JAMES Taylor-Made [EP] Hearts Of Gold

WPHS Warren, MI

Rank Artist Recording Label User Supplied Version
1 SHAD Flying Colours Black Box  
2 MISS DRIA "Bomb" [Single] Self-Released  
3 GRAYSKUL Zenith Fake Four  
4 MASON Candy Flippin [EP] 11:11 Movement  
5 IVAN IVES Stranger No Threshold  
6 NISSIM Nissim Self-Released  
7 ASHERU Sleepless In Soweto Guerilla Arts Ink  
8 TAYLOR JAMES "Good News" [Single] Hearts Of Gold  
9 BLOOD ORANGE Cupid Deluxe Domino  
10 LOUIS LOGIC Look On The Blight Side Fake Four
REGIONAL TOP 30 AIRPLAY CHARTS

M3 Radio Brooklyn, NY

Rank Artist Recording Label User Supplied Version
1 DANNY BLU Do Your Worst Self-Released  
2 AVENGED SEVENFOLD Diamonds In The Rough [EP]    
3 DISMEMBERMENT PLAN Uncanney Valley Partisan  
4 ARCADE FIRE Reflektor Merge  
5 TAYLOR JAMES "Good News" [Single] Hearts Of Gold  
6 JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS Unvarnished Blackheart  
7 ARCTIC MONKEYS AM Domino  
8 PAUL MCCARTNEY New Concord-Hear-MPL  
9 HANK WILLIAMS III Brothers Of The 4x4    
10 POND Hobo Rocket Modular  
11 SLEIGH BELLS Bitter Rivals Mom And Pop  
12 KINGS OF LEON Mechanical Bull RCA  
13 FRANZ FERDINAND Right Thoughts Right Words Right Action Domino  
14 TAYLOR JAMES Taylor-Made [EP] Hearts Of Gold  
15 NEKO CASE The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You Anti  
16 KISSAWAY TRAIL Breach Yep Roc  
17 DIANA Perpetual Surrender Jagjaguwar  
18 COKE WEED Back To Soft Self-Released  
19 JOHNATHAN RICE Good Graces SQE  
20 DENT MAY Warm Blanket Paw Tracks-Carpark  
21 GIPSY KINGS Savor Flamenco KFR  
22 STAND UP AND SAY NO Stand Up And Say No Self-Released  
23 CITY RIOTS Sea Of Bright Lights Self-Released  
24 BARBAROSSA Bloodlines Memphis Industries  
25 LILY AND MADELEINE Lily And Madeleine Asthmatic Kitty  
26 GRINGO STAR Floating Out To See My Anxious Mouth  
27 DECEMBER Misplaced Not Lost Self-Released  
28 JORDAN WHITMORE Consider It Done Self-Released  
29 ISLANDS Ski Mask Manque  
30 DOPETHOUGHT AND WORTH "Godly Indigos" [Single] Makemind