Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Browne's first studio release in six years. Recorded with his longtime band Kevin McCormick, Mark Goldenberg, Mauricio "Fritz" Lewak, and Jeff Young, along with two additional members, Chavonne Morris and Alethea Mills. Look for them on tour this fall. 10 tracks.
Rolling Stone (p.70) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "TIME THE CONQUEROR finds him protesting with typical directness....As he contemplates issues of love and travel, he's always assessing the ways the world has changed since the Sixties..."
Rolling Stone (p.91) - Ranked #22 in Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums Of 2008 -- "TIME reconciles Browne's two passions as a songwriter: current events and interior drama."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.119) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Throughout, his band plays with subdued beauty and Browne sings with resonant grace - abetted by two strikingly sensitive new backing vocalists, Chavonne Morris and Alethea Mills."
Personnel: Jackson Browne (vocals, guitar, piano); Jeff Scott Young (vocals, piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Jeff Young, Alethea Mills, Chavonne Morris (vocals); Mark Goldenberg (electric guitar); Kevin McCormick (bass guitar); Mauricio-Fritz Lewak (drums).
Audio Mixer: Elliot Scheiner.
Recording information: Groovemasters, Santa Monica, CA.
Photographer: Frank Ockenfels.
The front cover of Jackson Browne's TIME THE CONQUEROR features the eternally boyish-looking singer-songwriter sporting a grizzled, graying beard that puts the album title into its personal context. But musically speaking, TIME THE CONQUEROR finds Browne back in his musical comfort zone, delivering exactly the sort of Southern California singer-songwriter pop that made his name back in the 1970s. Recorded with his longtime touring band, the 10 songs have the unfussy, laid-back sound of vintage Browne albums like HOLD OUT and THE PRETENDER, while the lyrics mix political commentary and personal ruminations in Browne's trademark style. This is almost certainly his best album since at least 1983's LAWYERS IN LOVE.
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