This Timeby Dwight Yoakam
Six years after his monumental debut recording, Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc., Dwight Yoakam is still delivering the goods. After inadvertently (and unwillingly) being credited with creating the new traditionalist movement, Yoakam takes his hard-edged country influences from Buck Owens, Johnny Horton, Ray Price, and Merle Haggard and expands them to include new instruments and textures as well as voices -- one can hear in these broken love songs the voice of Gene Pitney as well -- and come up with something new again. This Time is not a party record in the way his first pair of albums were. Take the first half of Buenos Noches From a Lonely Room and add a marvelously played Hammond B-3 courtesy of Skip Edwards and keep the downer flow going and you got it. Buck Owens' spirit appears on "This Time," a song that, while deep in the Bakerfield groove, has a more elegiac tone thanks to Yoakam's songwriting collaboration with country songsmith legend Kostas (who first worked with Yoakam on If There Was a Way); they wrote half the album together. Kostas' lush approach to melody is not alien to Yoakam's as demonstrated by the tunes Dwight penned himself -- "Pocket of a Clown" (with a doo wop backing chorus in swing harmony) and the devastating ballads "A Thousand Miles From Nowhere" and "Home for Sale," among others. But in Kostas Yoakam found a writer as interested in textures as in unique ways to use his voice. "Two Doors Down" is a stunning example, as is the lone cover on the disc, by Kostas and James House, "Ain't That Lonely Yet," where Yoakam moves into Roy Orbison territory with strings and lush backdrops that meld Bakersfield with Pitney's conceptual mini-soundtracks and the arrangements on Jim Reeves' best records. With production help from Dusty Wakeman (Lucinda Williams' self-titled and Sweet Old World albums), Pete Anderson was able to add depth and dimension to an already full sound. The echoes of early rock and soul entwine the honky tonk tempos and instruments and become something wholly other. This album is a welcome addition to Yoakam's formidable catalog. This Time is no sell out; it's a new way to present the timelessness of hard, torn, wasted-love country love songs with less reckless sentimentality and more honest emotion.
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Performance CreditsDwight Yoakam Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Technical CreditsPete Anderson Producer
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Dwight Yoakam hit his commercial zenith with this excellent 1993 release. The hits were plentiful, as Yoakam scored with the cinematic feel of the grand ¿Thousand Miles From Nowhere¿, the B-3 organ, guitar driven ¿Fast As You¿ and the Grammy winning ¿Ain¿t That Lonely Yet¿, a beautiful record that made me appreciate country music. Suprisingly, it was not written by Yoakam. Written by Kostas, Yoakam¿s only frequent collaborator ( ¿Turn It On, Turn It Up, Turn Me Loose¿, ¿Nothing¿, and three songs here ), and James House, the song¿s lyrics are perfectly suited for Yoakam¿s style. Naturally, what stand out over time are the Yoakam originals. They range from the western, bluesy swing of ¿King Of Fools¿ to the haunting ¿Home For Sale¿, highlighted by organist, Skip Edwards, Yoakam¿s soulful guitar strumming and the always tasteful guitar work of Pete Anderson. And, especially after hearing soulful versions of ¿Lonesome Roads¿ and ¿Two Doors Down¿ on the 1995 Dwight Live! album, I realize that there is really not a weak track here, making this a great introductory album to Yoakam¿s sound. The lyrics on these songs, are as always, first rate, and they just make another case for Yoakam as one of music¿s great storytellers. Couple this with his ear and his music writing abilities, and he is in my opinion, one of the most important songwriters of the 20th century.
Any music of Dwight Yoakam's is Great! You will go back for more. I did. Norma
Definitive Dwight Yoakam album. Full of beautiful songs and melodies, e.g. "Pocket of a Clown" and "This Time." Every song is great, from the polished "Thousand Miles from Nowhere" to the raw "Wild Ride," from the honky tonk ballads "Two Doors Down" or "Lonesome Roads" to the rocker "Fast as You". Dwight won a Grammy for "Ain't that Lonely Yet," but he could have won for just about any song on this fantastic album which shows him really hitting his stride as a songwriter, e.g. on "Home for Sale" and performer, with one of the best in the business, Pete Anderson, playing lead guitar and producing.