“Something About Knowing”
Kindred spirits: Carole King, Bright Eyes, Sarah McLachlan
Show: With PJ Bond on Sunday at the Rock & Roll Hotel. Show starts at 8 p.m. 202-388-7625. www.rockandrollhoteldc.com. $12 in advance, $14 at the door.
“I got everything,” Maria Taylor sings on the title song of her charming new album, “Something About Knowing.” Everything, it turns out, includes a dog, a Beatles record, her trademark five-string guitar and, above all, hearing “the sweetest voice call me mommy.” The Azure Ray member’s fifth solo album is her first since becoming a mother.
Not surprisingly, “Something About Knowing” finds the Alabama-bred singer-songwriter in a contented mood and domestic mode. No points for guessing that the set’s final song is a lullaby. But the bedtime ballad includes a synthesized thump that’s not designed to put baby to sleep, and that’s just one of several elements on the album that flirt with raucousness. Thoughts of Taylor’s son are never far away, though. “Up All Night” is an uptempo shuffle with a blues-rock edge, but it’s not about hitting the bars.