Time on a Chain

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All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
Time on a Chain is the first CD since Jallen Rix's 1995 debut, The Sacred and the Queer, and the singer/songwriter follows that album of 16 originals with nine new titles plus covers of two of his favorite songs: the Police/Sting's "Message in a Bottle" and Elvis Costello's "Everyday I Write the Book." The remakes are faithful and noteworthy as doors to familiarize newcomers to Rix's music, but it is his own compositions which help measure things. The title track is extraordinary, featuring a simply wonderful lyric and presentation with a catchy melody and passionate imagery: "Show me the times in life/When time doesn't matter at all/Bust the hourglass." Rix gives little ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
Time on a Chain is the first CD since Jallen Rix's 1995 debut, The Sacred and the Queer, and the singer/songwriter follows that album of 16 originals with nine new titles plus covers of two of his favorite songs: the Police/Sting's "Message in a Bottle" and Elvis Costello's "Everyday I Write the Book." The remakes are faithful and noteworthy as doors to familiarize newcomers to Rix's music, but it is his own compositions which help measure things. The title track is extraordinary, featuring a simply wonderful lyric and presentation with a catchy melody and passionate imagery: "Show me the times in life/When time doesn't matter at all/Bust the hourglass." Rix gives little explanations after the lyrics to each song in the colorful 12-page insert Eighth Note Records includes in the CD package. His music is an interesting blend of folk and R&B, sort of like Dan Fogelberg fronting the latter-day Commodores, and as distorted as that may sound on paper, you have to hear the CD to understand what a wonderful blend it can be. "Beloved One" is Rix's term for significant other, written for his boyfriend, Leonard, and dated February of 1994. This album doesn't hit the listener over the head with overt sexuality; rather the singer goes about it all matter of factly, which is quite commendable. Time on a Chain is more pure because of its sincerity. These are the songwriter's impressions, from his mellow production to proclivity for the band the Police. And as enormously popular as Sting is, the music on Time on a Chain is not as self-indulgent as the British superstar -- the masses are unable to embrace this, as there's not the substantial airplay a project like this deserves. Rix is not alone here; some albums that make for superior triple-A radio -- Jackie DeShannon's You Know Me and Ian Hunter's Rant are just two examples -- somehow get overlooked for the hip and the trendy. The paradox of Time on a Chain is that it could fit into different decades with little difficulty. Labelmate Garrin Benfield plays guitar on many of the tracks, and the team effort is as noteworthy as the choice of material. Some of the songs have elaborate rhythms weaving intriguing patterns under Rix's appealing voice. "Steadfast Outcast" is one such title, the author's philosophy combining with his musical ideas and friends' vocals to round out an album that needs to be listened to quite a few times before its message hits home.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/30/2001
  • Label: EIGHTH NOTE
  • UPC: 607127000328
  • Catalog Number: 3

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Time on a Chain (4:28)
  2. 2 Beloved One (5:33)
  3. 3 What Was It (6:18)
  4. 4 Gentle and Honest (3:45)
  5. 5 In My Shoes (5:18)
  6. 6 Message in a Bottle (6:51)
  7. 7 I Would Choose You (3:46)
  8. 8 Friend (3:26)
  9. 9 It Takes All of Me (4:51)
  10. 10 Everyday I Write the Book (4:10)
  11. 11 Steadfast Outcast (5:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jallen Rix Primary Artist, Keyboards, Vocals
Kitty Beethoven Background Vocals
Michael Rodriguez Percussion, Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer
Norbert Stachel Flute
Marc van Wageningen Bass
Paul van Wageningen Drums
Otis Cooper Background Vocals
Dave Matthews Organ, Piano
Garrin Benfield Bass, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Guitar (Baritone)
Technical Credits
Thomas Harris Executive Producer
Steven Jones Executive Producer
Michael Rodriguez Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Faith Winthrop Vocal Coach
Jallen Rix Programming, Producer
David Kincaid Executive Producer
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