In The Time Of Gods CD (2012)

Artist: Dar Williams

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Label Razor And Tie Records/sbme
SKU 229527319
UPC 793018332026
UPC 14 00793018332026
Format CD
Release Date 4/17/2012
Author Dar Williams
Compilation Appearance This Bird Has Flown: A 40th Anniversary Tribute to the Beatles' Rubber Soul
Compilation Appearance For The Kids Three
Compilation Appearance Ring Them Bells
Compilation Appearance More Perfect Union
Compilation Appearance Born To The Breed:tribute To Judy Col
Technical Info
Engineer Alexander Almgren; John O. Senior; Kevin Killen; Gary Philips
Producer Kevin Killen
CatalogID 833202
Lable Name Razor & Tie
Released 04/17/2012
Original Release 2012
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 32m : 56s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
UPC 00793018332026
Album Notes and Credits
Audio Mixer: Kevin Killen.
Recording information: Avatar Studios, New York, NY; Elm Street Studios, Conshoshocken, PA; Wild Honey Studios, New York. NY.
Photographer: Amy Dickerson.
Dar Williams has been torn between her folkie instincts and the guilty pleasures of pop music just as long as she's divided her songs between smart and often witty character studies and explicitly activist political material, and 19 years after she made her first album, 2012's In the Time of Gods confirms all of this is still the case. However, with maturity Williams has been shifting the way these ingredients fit together, and musically In the Time of Gods is an album that uses pop textures to burnish material that still feels quiet and contemplative, even when the dynamics are at their most dramatic on songs like "Summer Child" and "I Am the One Who Will Remember Everything." The backing musicians, who include Charley Drayton on drums, Larry Campbell on Dobro, and Rob Hyman on keys, give these songs smooth and approachable surfaces, but Williams is clearly aiming for a thoughtful mood on In the Time of Gods, and that's just what the players and producer Kevin Killen deliver. The artful dynamics and cool, cerebral surfaces of this music accompany a set of songs that are most often the work of Dar Williams the activist, telling stories of child soldiers readjusting to the civilization of those who have rescued them, examining the upsides and downsides of political engagement, and struggling to find peace in a world where justice is in short supply. While the album's inward-looking tone is pervasive, Williams has also included a few more personal songs in the mix, and "I Have Been Around the World" is a moving tribute to her loved ones, while "The Light and the Sea" (featuring guest vocals from Shawn Colvin) is a nautical metaphor for life's constant challenges. In the Time of Gods isn't one of Dar Williams' most immediately engaging albums, but it doesn't sound as if it was meant to be. This is music that speaks of the heart, the soul, and the mind; her messages are articulate and well-crafted, and this ranks with her best work of the past decade. ~ Mark Deming
Professional Reviews
Billboard (p.28) - "Williams is a naturally fine and instinctual songwriter...the best songs on her first new studio set in nearly four years are also its clearest."
Disc 1
1 I am the One Who Will Remember Everything
2 This Earth
3 I Have Been Around the World
4 Light and the Sea, The
5 You Will Ride With Me Tonight
6 Crystal Creek
7 Summer Child
8 I Will Free Myself
9 Write This Number Down
10 Storm King
Product Attributes
Artist Williams,Dar
Label Razor And Tie Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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