Diamond & Glass
Washington Post

Washington Post, 8/23/02, page WE06
DULCIE TAYLOR, “Diamond & Glass”, Black Iris Records
by Mike Joyce

albumcoversmallDulcie Taylor’s “Diamond & Glass” has all the makings of a hardcore country album: tales of divorce, despair and death, along with occasional allusions to emotional abuse and reckless drinking. But Taylor, a Wammie-award-winning singer-songwriter, is more poet than honkytonker, and far too much of a romantic to let an album unfurl without conveying inspirational thoughts and comforting messages.

Besides, on “Diamond & Glass” she’s surrounded by musicians well known in contemporary pop and jazz circles, including pianist Brian Culbertson, guitarist Jeff Golub and saxophonist Steve Cole, who augment her acoustic guitar and dulcimer with a light instrumental weave that generally suits her appealing voice and often wistful phrasing. Taylor writes songs on an intimate scale, quietly summoning a child’s memories of her parents’ divorce (“I Have a Ring”), a woman’s sudden awareness that the hurt caused when love turns from rapture to rack isn’t divided equally (“Easy for You”), and a few words of advice for a friend in trouble (“It Ain’t Love”). On “You and Me,” she sums up a soured relationship and a bewildering situation with one swift blow: “This can’t be you and me/ Paying a third party to put our hearts together again.”