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Review: James Taylor shows at PPL Center that it's again time for hope — and for him

Review: James Taylor shows at PPL Center that it's again time for hope — and for him

Singer James Taylor first became popular in the waning days of the 1960s, a time of turmoil perhaps unseen before or since — the soothing sound of his voice a calming effect for a generation. Nearly 50 years later, Taylor seems to be that voice again. In the time when society again seems split by discord, Taylor's new album "Before This World" debuted at No. 1 this week — an achievement he's never before had, as if people again are looking for a voice to soothe them. When Taylor kicked off his tour to promote the disc Thursday at Allentown's PPL Center, the near-sellout audience seemed not only ready to again embrace him, but eager to do it. And...

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