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James Taylor put out his first album on Apple Records in 1968. He wrote wistfully about halcyon days in North Carolina, but he also addressed darker subjects like a mental hospital and heroin addiction. Those songs, and the ones on the eponymous 1970 album that followed, solidified a generational love affair with Taylor's music.
Now, 13 years since he last put out an album of his own songs, Taylor is writing again. His new album, For This World, finds him living a calmer life (while still getting riled up about the Red Sox). In this episode of World Cafe, Taylor discusses some of his new music.