By John McAlley
February 25, 2000 at 05:00 AM EST

You Can't Go Back

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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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