Time Signatures

Time Signatures

by Lisa McClowry
     
 

There is a strong Chicago connection on Lisa McClowry's Time Signatures. McClowry is from Chicago, and this 2010 release was produced by Jim Peterik -- a fellow Chicagoan who was a founding member of Survivor and is best known for co-writing their 1982 anthem "Eye of the Tiger" (from the movie Rocky 3). Before that, Peterik wasSee more details below

Overview

There is a strong Chicago connection on Lisa McClowry's Time Signatures. McClowry is from Chicago, and this 2010 release was produced by Jim Peterik -- a fellow Chicagoan who was a founding member of Survivor and is best known for co-writing their 1982 anthem "Eye of the Tiger" (from the movie Rocky 3). Before that, Peterik was the lead singer for another well-known band from Chicago: the Ides of March, best remembered for their 1970 smash "Vehicle" (which Peterik wrote). Time Signatures doesn't sound anything like Survivor's hard rock/arena rock, and it doesn't really sound like the Ides of March either -- although there is one parallel. The Ides of March were a horn-powered rock band with an obvious soul influence; they were often compared to Blood, Sweat & Tears, and similarly, much of Time Signatures is quite soul-minded even though it is primarily an adult contemporary album. Peterik takes a very hands-on approach; in addition to producing Time Signatures, he wrote or co-wrote all of the material and plays guitar, keyboards, and percussion. Peterik does a lot to help McClowry sound great, but ultimately, she has to take the ball and run with it -- and run with it she does. The expressive McClowry, who co-wrote seven of the 12 tracks, sounds like she is really invested in this material; she gives a lot emotionally, recalling adult contemporary/soft rock singers like Laura Branigan, Nicolette Larson, Kim Carnes, and Gloria Estefan but also indicating that she has spent a lot of time listening to soul favorites such as Teena Marie and Chaka Khan. Had Time Signatures come out in the 1970s or 1980s, it's possible that a few of the tracks would have been hits on R&B radio even though most of them would have been better candidates for exposure on pop/Top 40 stations. But pop
ock or soul, Time Signatures is an absorbing listen; Peterik clearly did right by McClowry.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/13/2010
Label:
Big Deal Records
UPC:
0893422002512
catalogNumber:
20025
Rank:
140282

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lisa McClowry   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jim Peterik   Percussion,Keyboards,Chart
Ed Breckenfeld   Percussion,Drums
Orbert Davis   Trumpet
Steve Eisen   Saxophone
Thom Griffin   Background Vocals
Ron Hall   Bass
Klem Hayes   Bass
Steve Hunt   Vibes
Jeff Lantz   Synthesizer,Piano,Clavinet,Hammond B3
Richard Patterson   Bass,Electric Upright Bass
Richie Davis   Guitar
Nick Colionne   Guitar
Mike Aquino   Guitar
Jeff Handley   Percussion,Vibes
Emily Mantell   Cello
Caroline Curtis   Violin
Matt Mantell   Viola
Kjari Parker   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Jim Peterik   Composer,Producer
Terry Becker   Art Direction
Jeff Lantz   String Arrangements
Larry Millas   Engineer,Mastering
Steve Oliver   Programming
Mike Logan   Programming
Lisa McClowry   Composer,Liner Notes
Leslie Hunt   Composer
Joe Hurt   Programming
Taryn Kostyrka   Layout

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