Pop/Rock, Soft Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Folk-Rock, Adult Contemporary, Psychedelic

Album Review

James Taylor took four and a half years off from record-making in the early '80s, returning with That's Why I'm Here, which suggested he had found his long-term niche with baby boomer fans now permanently tuned to soft rock radio -- this was Taylor's first record to spawn three Top Ten adult contemporary hits, with the title track, "Only One," and a cover of Buddy Holly's "Everyday." Taylor's sound had invaded country music by this time, too, and both "Everyday" and "Only One" made the country singles chart. But those boomers just don't go to the record store as often as their children, and Taylor managed only one pop chart entry with "Everyday" (number 61), while the album failed to go gold and was his lowest charting effort since his breakthrough with Sweet Baby James in 1970. If, in the title song, he had reconciled himself to the notion that the reason he was here was to sing "Fire and Rain" at summer concerts, that also meant he was settling for a complacent position. (Notwithstanding its initial commercial reception, That's Why I'm Here eventually went platinum.)
William Ruhlmann, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. That's Why I'm Here
  2. That's Why I'm Here
  3. Song For You Far Away
  4. Song for You Far Away
  5. Only a Dream in Rio
  6. Only a Dream in Rio
  7. Turn Away
  8. Turn Away
  9. Going Around One More Time
  10. Going Around One More Time
  11. My Romance
  12. My Romance
  13. Everyday
  14. Everyday
  15. Limousine Driver
  16. Limousine Driver
  17. Only One
  18. Only One
  19. Mona
  20. Mona
  21. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
  22. (The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance
  23. That's Why I'm Here (Reprise)
  24. That's Why I'm Here
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