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Rocketown's Newest Artist Waxes Poetic with "The Overflow"

  • 2004 12 May
Rocketown's Newest Artist Waxes Poetic with "The Overflow"

Artist:   Taylor Sorenson
Label:   Rocketown

Rocketown’s newest artist waxes poetic with an album of love songs for his full-length debut, "The Overflow." However, Taylor Sorensen’s articulation of love isn’t what you’d get from, say, Steven Curtis Chapman’s latest offering, "All About Love" (Sparrow). Sorensen’s debut, rather, stands tall on a classic rock foundation and sparkles with an Euro-tinged glaze. The result is a solid body of work that will surely draw in fans of the old school renderings of the Rolling Stones as well as fans of newer rock darlings like The Strokes.

This 23-year old Belmont University grad spent the past few years honing his musical skills on stages across the Midwest, opening shows for the likes of dc talk and Newsboys. Credited with penning most of the albums’ tracks, this Adrian, Mich.-native has a smart approach as a lyricist and a talent for memorable melodies.

Sorensen’s production team includes Dave Perkins (Over the Rhine, Newsboys), Sam Ashworth (Switchfoot, Charlie Peacock) and Matt Slocum, the principle songwriter/instrumentalist for the now-defunct Sixpence None the Richer. This combo of talents produced the surefire rock-radio gem “Love Somebody Else,” the album’s first track. Like many of the songs, it relays the central theme found in Sorensen’s work – the notion that the greatest way to exhibit love for God is to love others. On “Follow Me,” Jesus’ message of obedience to His disciples is displayed with heavy electric guitars, hook-laden, anthemic chorus lines and soulful, call-to-action vocals.

At times, Sorensen brings  U2’s charismatic front man Bono to mind (think U2 tracks like “Elevation”) with his passionate vocal style and sonic mix on songs such as “Sanctuary.” Tracks like “World Keeps on Spinning” with Sixpence’s Leigh Nash on guest vocals and relevant story-song “Bethlehem Girl,” though more moody and mellow than the album’s aforementioned rockers, also emerge as standout tracks on Sorenson’s  memorable debut.

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