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You Can't Go Back

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You Can't Go Back

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Arnold McCuller

We gave it a B

If you saw a James Taylor show over the last 20 years, you’ve already been won over by background singer Arnold McCuller’s ebullience and churchy soulfulness. On his second solo try, You Can’t Go Back, the transplanted Angeleno lends Luther-an lift to pop-soul love songs. But it’s McCuller’s tender treatment of Beth Nielsen Chapman’s tearjerker ”Emily” (with an exquisite accordion assist from Van Dyke Parks) that marks him as a ballad interpreter worth a spotlight. B

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