In the Time of Gods

In the Time of Gods

by Dar Williams
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In the Time of Gods

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/17/2012
Label: Razor & Tie
UPC: 0793018332026
catalogNumber: 83320

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

Kevin Killen   Producer,Engineer
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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In the Time of Gods 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
bearWS More than 1 year ago
not her best but really good