About Time [DualDisc] [Bonus Tracks]

About Time [DualDisc] [Bonus Tracks]

by Steve Winwood
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About Time [DualDisc] [Bonus Tracks]

Steve Winwood took an extended break after the ignoble flop of 1997's Junction Seven, resurfacing on his own indie label, Wincraft, six years later with About Time. Where his last major-label effort fell prey to many of the trappings of a veteran artist gunning for the charts one last time -- an overly slick Narada Michael Walden production, cameos from Des'ree and Lenny Kravitz, songs that were too slick and unmemorable -- About Time finds Winwood scaling things back considerably, to a trio featuring himself on Hammond organ, drummer Walfredo Reyes, Jr., and guitarist José Piresde Almeida Neto. Occasionally, congas, timbales, and other percussion flesh out the rhythm, while Karl Denson plays flute or saxophone elsewhere, but these are subtle additions to a loose, laid-back, intimate album that harks back to Traffic, even if it is never as freewheeling or unpredictable as that band's work. Winwood's ambitions with About Time are pretty modest, actually -- to cut R&B-based tunes that bring in jazz and Latin influences and give everybody the chance to jam. Though they meander a bit too much at times, the jams are warm and appealing, and while the songs are a little indistinct, the feel of the music is good, which counts for a lot, since the last two slick solo albums felt distant (surely a by-product of records that were designed to be Roll with It, Pt. 2). If Winwood's voice is a little rough here (which comes as a surprise), it nevertheless fits the scaled-down, relaxed atmosphere. And if individual songs aren't always memorable, they don't necessarily need to be -- the feel is the thing here, and while it isn't first-rate Steve Winwood, it does feel like a welcome update from an old friend, which, after several years of waiting and several uneven records, is enough. [Sony's DualDisc version includes three live tracks, as well as a great deal of DVD material.]

Product Details

Release Date: 11/08/2005
Label: Sony
UPC: 0828767469522
catalogNumber: 74695

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Different Light
  2. Cigano (For the Gypsies)
  3. Take It to the Final Hour
  4. Why Can't We Live Together
  5. Domingo Morning
  6. Now That You're Alive
  7. Bully
  8. Phoenix Rising
  9. Horizon
  10. Walking On
  11. Silvia (Who Is She?)

Disc 2

  1. Dear Mr. Fantasy
  2. Why Can't We Live Together
  3. Voodoo Chile

Disc 3

  1. Different Light
  2. Cigano (For the Gypsies)
  3. Take It to the Final Hour
  4. Why Can't We Live Together
  5. Domingo Morning
  6. Now That You're Alive
  7. Bully
  8. Phoenix Rising
  9. Horizon
  10. Walking On
  11. Silvia (Who Is She?)
  12. Dear Mr. Fantasy
  13. Why Can't We Live Together
  14. Voodoo Chile

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