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The people on Sally Taylor's new independently released Apt. 6S fall in love or don't, get drunk, move away, shoot pool, hang out in smoke-filled bars, call each other long distance to catch up and abandon each other on wedding days. In short, the usual run of random occurrences that...
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The people on Sally Taylor's new independently released Apt. 6S fall in love or don't, get drunk, move away, shoot pool, hang out in smoke-filled bars, call each other long distance to catch up and abandon each other on wedding days. In short, the usual run of random occurrences that make up a life.

Apt. 6S can't be found in your local record bin; you have to buy it online at www.sallytaylor.com, same as with her first album, Tomboy Bride. Or you can catch her at one of her gigs, where she sells the album after the show, off a folding card table, before piling back into the van with her band to drive all night to the next gig. It seems like a strange way for the daughter of James Taylor and Carly Simon to make a living, but these kids, they, you know, want to do their own thing.

Yes, that James Taylor and Carly Simon. Like there were two others.

Sally Taylor doesn't want a major-label release, go figure. She's happy doing what she's doing, which is making fair to really good barroom rock with a bunch of friends in her adopted hometown of Boulder, Colorado. She's been hit with major-label interest (obviously; even if she were completely bereft of talent, which she's not, she could have released at least one album on name power alone), but she's turned it down to play music the way she wants to, down to handling fan mail and publicity herself. It's a move which could be as chancy as it is shrewd; but in not allowing any publicity steamrolling to capitalize on her bloodline, Taylor permits her strengths to come to the fore, and her main strength -- her voice -- is a dominant one indeed.

If the songs on Apt. 6S are mostly bar-band rock, they're extremely competent bar-band rock, so there's no real need to dwell on that aspect of Taylor's music beyond the initial assessment. The real ticket-seller is her vocal performance, and Taylor's instrument is consistent and strong. Lost-love tunes like "How Can I" and "Without Me," found-love ditties like "Convince Me" and no-love dirges like "Split Decisions" and "Give Me the Strength" come off like a conversation over your last pack of discount cigarettes and whatever's going for four bucks a pitcher.

The point of music like Sally Taylor's isn't that it shocks you or shakes your outlook on life; it resonates because it's comfortable, like an old shirt or a pair of sneakers you just found at the bottom of your closet. Taylor, who wrote the best songs on Apt. 6S herself, has found a style that perfectly suits her range. Children of the famous have certainly done worse things for themselves. And to us.

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