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In the Time of Gods

Dar WilliamsAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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The initial idea came in a flash. Dar Williams was driving on an isolated highway, crossing from New York into Ontario, surrounded by frozen fields, silver trees, and empty sky, when inspiration struck.

“I thought, ‘I want to write a biker song!,’” Williams says with a laugh. “And then my second thought was, ‘I want to write an epic biker song.’ ... Read more in Amazon's Dar Williams Store

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  • Audio CD (April 17, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • ASIN: B0078TLRHQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,113 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Am The One Who Will Remember Everything
2. This Earth
3. I Have Been Around The World
4. The Light and the Sea
5. You Will Ride With Me Tonight
6. Crystal Creek
7. Summer Child
8. I Will Free Myself
9. Write This Number Down
10. Storm King

Editorial Reviews

In the Time of Gods, the ninth studio album from beloved singer-songwriter and long-time Razor & Tie mainstay Dar Williams is due for release on April 17, 2012.

Produced by Kevin Killen (who has worked with U2, Elvis Costello, and Peter Gabriel), and featuring a remarkable set of musicians including Larry Campbell, Charley Drayton, Gerry Leonard, and Rob Hyman, the new album is among the most evocative of Williams' career.

As Dar explains it, "I'm interested in power right now," she says. "I'm in my 40s, and I m shocked that the cafe conversations I had in my 20s 'Somebody has to do something!' are now my responsibility. I see people who are actually doing things that you always dreamed somebody would do, and I can help make that a reality. So the stakes are higher, in a good way, but you also see the shadow, the reckless behavior, where a person can lose it all in a weekend."

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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Dar Williams has been a fixture on the folk scene for so long that it is hard to believe how alive, how relevant, how beautiful her voice and songwriting have remained. Long after many acts succumb to idea exhaustion, she continues to put out vital music. "In the Time of Gods" comes right out of the gate with a stunning mid tempo track "I Will Remember Everything"--in the chorus, she harmonizes with herself, pure and aching, her vibrato reminding me of golden age Natalie Merchant. There is a determination in some of these songs ("The Light and the Sea", "I will Free Myself") that shows a lot of strength, a feeling of purpose and plan that marks DW's best work. Not all is seriousness, there is some uptempo in "Summer Child", although even that song has some serious undertones. Her musicianship is, as always, impeccable; the production full and dreamy without being overly slick. I think that the real strength of this record ultimately is the way that her voice has matured, gained power, and remained lovely and fresh. A strong record from a songwriter that keeps getting better.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Totally Biased Review April 19, 2012
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I admit it, I love Dar Williams. Not just because she's an outstanding singer-songwriter, but also because our voices happen to mesh and I can actually sing and play along with most of her music without straining my old vocal chords or arthritic fingers. Perhaps even more importantly though, I have unashamedly been interested in Dar ever since I found out we both grew up in Chappaqua, NY and graduated from the same Horace Greeley High School... go Quakers! Of course I graduated in 1964, a few years before she was born, but nevertheless I feel as though I knew her, and that helps me to relate to her lyrics, many of which seem to speak of her childhood. And speaking of lyrics, I have to admit that whenever I first hear a song, I listen to the music in order to figure out how to play it on my guitar. I usually notice the lyrics only later after I can play it reasonably well. With Dar's CDs that is like a gift that keeps on giving. I buy her CDs, enjoy the music for a while, and then get excited about them all over again when I discover what she's actually singing about! So far, I find "In the Time of the Gods" to be musically very appealing. It might well become my favorite Dar CD, but then the fun will begin all over again when I finally listen to the words. Thanks Dar, thank you very much.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review July 14, 2012
By ChasRat
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This was a good album. I become a fan of Dar Williams many years ago when she first started out and her first few albums all seemed to come from the heart. The last couple doesn't seem to hold as much appeal to me as the earlier ones did. I am not saying that this album is bad, just that my tastes in music is changing some. Overall, this is a good one to buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Only the Gods are Real July 7, 2012
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Thanks to Amazon recommendations, I have added a new deity to my pantheon of singer-songwriters alongside Mary Chapin Carpenter, Emmylou Harris, and Nanci Griffith. How I managed to miss Dar Williams all these years I can't explain, but "In the Time of Gods" seems the perfect introduction to her stunning work.

It's all there: the assured voice that doesn't need to shout to be heard or understood, the complex melodies that nevertheless sound effortless, the witty and wise lyrics that repay multiple hearings because they just get deeper and more evocative. This is true artistry.

Every song on this recording is a gem, although it wasn't until I heard "Crystal Creek" for the second time that I fully realized what Williams is up to with this tapestry of songs. It sent me back, breathless, to listen to all the tunes more closely, which only opened them up more and revealed (some of) their secrets. This CD is a joy for both the mind and heart, a rare accomplishment.

If you're already familiar with Williams's work, you know what I'm talking about. If you don't, it is my pleasure to introduce her. Get your hands on this CD quick; you'll never want to let go.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More of the Dar we love June 22, 2012
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I love Dar's music and her observations of life in her lyrics. Have seen her in concert a couple of times, both solo acoustic an with her band. She is one of my favorite artists. I'm always concerned as artists develop over time, for fear that what I enjoy about them will change too much. This album is a wonderful continuation of her artistic development.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice album but not Dar's best November 26, 2012
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Dar Williams is probably my favorite female singer-songwriter, but I don't think this effort ranks among her better albums. The songs are well written but nothing on here really grabs me or speaks to me like some of her earlier work. If you are new to Dar, try one of her earlier efforts, such as My Better Self, Out There Live, End of the Summer, etc and you will be blown away.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dar, she rocks February 23, 2014
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What can you say about Dar Williams? She delivers every time. The price was right, delivery fast, and this is a good CD. I always find ONE favorite song on each of her albums, It's like she wrote it just for me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, not Dar's best August 18, 2013
By Webfoot
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I have grown to love Dar William's music - my favorite is "Out There - live" in which she often inserts very little stories as an introduction to her songs. This album is good though for sure.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I love her new album just as I love all her other ones. Dar Williams has been my favorite artist for years now.
Published 8 months ago by Jasper
5.0 out of 5 stars Dar Williams: In the Time of the gods.
I love all of Dar's work, her music, the lyrics, her causes...I am a big fan and would recommend this.
Published 8 months ago by Vicki J. Hopkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Dar Williams goes to the classics and leaves us with some haunting stories that are just as important now as in the time gods and demi-gods lived with humans. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Npoet9
5.0 out of 5 stars In the Time of Gods
Bought for my daughter as one of her birthday gifts. She likes Dar Williams a lot and asked me to get it for her since she did not have this CD.
Published 10 months ago by Helen E. Seward
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
EVERY song is a winner. Beautiful, thoughtful with a good sense of pacing and balance. We love the way Dar phrases her songs. A mature singer/songwriter.
Published 13 months ago by dennis kerr
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Concept Album ever
If you like any of Dar's previous work, you'll love this. It is very Dar and while a concept album (Roman gods put into modern times) it plays just like a wonderful Dar album... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Kira Mandel
5.0 out of 5 stars great album
I've been a fan of Dar Williams for a long time and this album was as amazing as all of hers have been.
Published 14 months ago by Shana
5.0 out of 5 stars Always great.
I saw Dar live, just before this was released, at a little theatre in Newton, NJ. You have to love this artist. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Adam B.
4.0 out of 5 stars very good
had never heard of Dar and decided to introduce some new artists into my life. Not at all disappointed. And keep in mind I grew up in with the 60's revolution of music styles.. Read more
Published 16 months ago by D. Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Good and thoughtful storytelling
While not normally a fan of ballads, the power of her storytelling really pulls you in. Williams grapples with modern issues and struggles filtered through a mythological lens that... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Artemis825
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