Terry Callier- Life Time
The prophet of peace and love is back, though if you are expecting something along the lines of Time Peace I think you might be disappointed. After raving on for far too long about Time Peace, I feel a bit let down with this recording, which seems to have been released in somewhat of a hurry to capitalise on its predecessor. It works best when it's just Callier and guitar( and at times bass.) This has always been the case for me after all. There's a rawness and honesty about it that appeals immediately. The main problem here as I here it is that it's too smoochy smooth at times, dangerously close to MOR. Which is a shame because Callier can do better than this. Highlights include Where A Lark Is Singing, as well as Fix The Blame, almost a folk protest song about blaming everyone else for your own problems. Nobody But Yourself (to blame) is another fine piece. Great stuff. The bossa nova like duet with Beth Orton is OK but not that memorable. I Don't Want To See Myself Without You is another fine piece, you could almost say classic Callier, though it might have benefited with a bit of editing. It goes on for too long, though like a gospel song it is meant to be uplifting through the sheer power of the voices involved. There's even a short number dedicated to Miles Davis. Life Time will keep Callier's current legion of fans satisfied; let's be honest, at least they don't have to wait another twenty years or so in between records. Truth is Callier has done better, and with repeated listenings this record does grow on you but certainly not as rapidly as Time Peace did. Maybe it's time to search out those earlier releases of his, and find out how good the man sounded back then. It's a shame really because for those that may just be discovering Callier's beautiful voice, this record is not going to win him new fans in great numbers.