In the Time of Gods

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/17/2012
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • UPC: 793018332026
  • Catalog Number: 83320
  • Sales rank: 14,158

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dar Williams Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Shawn Colvin Background Vocals
Larry Campbell Dobro
Charley Drayton Drums
Rob Hyman Piano, Accordion, Keyboards
Zev Katz Bass
David Uosikkinen Drums
Gerry Leonard Guitar
Marika Hughes Cello
Eric Brazilian Bass
Technical Credits
Greg Calbi Mastering
Kevin Killen Producer, Engineer
Andy Snitzer Digital Editing
Barry Taylor Management
Paul Grosso Art Direction
Gary Philips Engineer
John O. Senior Engineer
Jessica Herman Weitz Management
Alexander Almgren Engineer
Matthew Amoroso Marketing
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  • Posted June 26, 2012

    love it

    not her best but really good

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