Review – Rory Taillon

By: Jessica Lewis

Album – It’s Not Black & White
iTunes Link – https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/its-not-black-white/id699939329
Release Date – September 13, 2013
Genre – Alternative, Rock
Label – Indie

Rory Taillon, a singer/song-writer from Toronto, Ontario, and his band (Rory Taillon & the Old Souls) has released their new album “It’s Not Black & White” on September 13, 2013. The rock/acoustic/alternative artist has shows all across Ontario currently planned from March through to July. With a new album comes new opportunities and this Toronto native is wasting no time in seizing these opportunities.

“It’s Not Black & White” features seven full length songs with a total playing time of 31:39. The songs on the album portray a certain determination on Rory’s part and, listening to the lyrics, explain the struggles of getting to where you want to be. They convey the prominent topics of loss, pain and mental illness, but, through that, create a certain air of fighting for what you want. There are songs that are more energetic and rocky on the album, but there are also the hard-hitting lyric-heavy songs as well.

“Misfit” was a song that really stuck out for me, being about what it’s like for the people who don’t necessarily “fit in” with the typical brand that society places on people, no matter what age or group. It’s a song for the people who don’t follow the group or bend to social standards.

Another song from the album that portrays a similar message is “Jukebox” which has a video release available for watch on YouTube. “Jukebox” contains the lyrics “I sing the songs I want to sing, I’m not a puppet on a string…” which fall into the same theme as “Misfits”: do want you want to do, no matter what people say or think of you for doing.
All in all, the album is a fantastic message through lyrics and the songs on it are beautifully written. It would be a great addition to any rock collection. With extremely well written lyrics and a great rock sound, “It’s Not Black & White” is worth a listen to and a buy.

Rating: 4.5/5

Find Rory Taillon online:
Website: http://www.rorytaillon.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rorytaillon
Twitter: https://twitter.com/rorytaillon
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo-3xUyHlGicNr8cU-XUBnA

I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started with Hedley. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.

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