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Time (The Revelator)

Gillian WelchAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 31, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Acony Records
  • ASIN: B00005N8CQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,644 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Leading up to the nearly 15-minute I Dream a Highway on Gillian's 2001 album are nine songs full of soaring harmonies. This time, they dip into some blues and rock 'n' roll as you hear Revelator; Elvis Presley Blues; Red Clay Halo; My First Lover , and more!

The considerable promise carried forth on Gillian Welch's first two albums is thoroughly fulfilled on Time (The Revelator). Welch has traded the guidance of her previous producer, T Bone Burnett, for the sympathetic studio skills of her longtime guitarist-harmony singer David Rawlings, who loosens the reins just enough to allow moments of spontaneity to sparkle within the duo's spare, eloquent playing. "Revelator" is an instant classic, perhaps the first great folk song of the 21st century. "I Want to Sing That Rock and Roll" is three minutes of Louvins/Everlys-style bliss. "April the 14th, Part 1" haunts its historical context with an achingly melancholy melody. It all leads up to the epic 14-minute "I Dream a Highway," one of the finest closing tracks ever put on record. --Peter Blackstock

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85 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Leap Forward From Gillian Welch August 2, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This CD is a treat, a big step forward for Gillian Welch and her partner, David Rawlings, and easily their best work to date.
For those unfamiliar with Welch, she appeared five years ago with "Revival," a compelling recording that drew its inspiration from such early country acts as the Carter Family. Although a terrific singer and songwriter, Welch's close identification with a 70-year-old musical style threatened to mark her as a one-trick pony, an oldies act with little new to offer. Although this was a possibility, it was also quite unfair, as "Revival" was truly a strong and original work, despite the narrow stylistic borders. Welch's sophomore work, "Hell Among the Yearlings" (1998) demonstrated both greater ambitions and growth as a songwriter. Welch also made significant contributions to the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack album, one of the surprise hits of the first half of 2001.
"Time (The Revelator)" is a major leap forward. Welch and songwriting partner Rawlings (who backs her throughout on guitar and vocals) have produced their strongest batch of songs to date, some of which are far removed from the Carter Family-influenced style. "Revelator," the haunting opener, is a clear sign of their growth as writers and performers. Other highlights are "Elvis Presley Blues" and the 14-minute epic "I Dream A Highway," which is an astounding accomplishment. The only negative comment I have is that "I Want To Sing That Rock and Roll" is also included, in the same live version, on the recently released "Down From The Mountain" collection, an "O Brother, Where Art Thou" spinoff. Its a great song, though. Welch's beautiful vocals shine throughout, set within the understated but effective instrumental arrangements. This is intelligent and well-executed music that will appeal to fans of both country and folk.
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars achingly beautiful, stunningly good August 9, 2001
Format:Audio CD
One reviewer said that Gillian Welch's new CD _Time (The Revelator)_ won't reward the casual listener. I suspect that's true; Gillian Welch's music doesn't have a lot of curb appeal. But get past that. _Time (The Revelator)_ is achingly beautiful, stunningly good.
Welch's two previous albums (_Revival_ and _Hell Among the Yearlings_) were mostly acoustic; this one goes all the way. There's no overdubbing and -- it seems -- no retakes to clean up the small mistakes that let you know you're listening to real people. All we hear is Welch on guitar and banjo and her partner David Rawlings, playing his gorgeous-toned no-name archtop and adding his high tenor harmonies to Welch's unadorned mezzo.
It's hard to know what to compare this album to. Like Lucinda Williams, Welch's lyrics are poetry made from plain speech. That said, the musical sensibility is very different. There are strong influences from mountain music and early country, though no one will ever mistake Gillian Welch for Hazel Dickens or Iris Dement, let alone Dolly Parton. And whatever her influences or whoever her peers, Welch knows how to make melodies that don't go away.
The narrator for most of the songs on _Revival_ and _Hell Among the Yearlings_ is rural and probably long gone. That's true for some of the material on _Time_ but a good deal of it moves into new territory. There's "My First Lover" -- a woman's unsentimental memory of a long-haired clod with a big red car and Steve Miller on the eight-track. It's clawhammer banjo and Welch's voice with a chickenwire melody, all angles and lines. "Elvis Presley Blues" is a meditation on The King.
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71 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another classic (was there ever any doubt?) July 30, 2001
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Gillian Welch and her partner, David Rawlings, have once again shown why Acoustic Guitar magazine put the duo on their list of 15 most important acoustic artists of the last decade. This album, like their previous two, is a starkly beautiful set of perfectly written and perfectly executed songs with more feeling than anything else you will find around today. Like Hell Among the Yearlings, this album is stripped down to the basics-- an amazing voice and wonderfully understated guitar work. This pair has stepped up to fulfill a very important role in American music that puts them in a category well above the crowd of folk/country female singer-songwriters with whom Welch is usually grouped. Like Norman Blake before them, Welch and Rawlings have shown that the tradition of Appalachian ballads and old-time music can be kept alive, and while holding close to tradition, they do not sacrifice relevance to modern music. In short, they are performing a miracle-- they are performing a traditional style of music and making it sound as fresh today as in the days of Dock Boggs (although Gillian Welch's voice is infinitely better than his). Further listening: Norman Blake-- pretty much any album will work. Fantastic, but not overly flashy guitar, a pleasant voice, and the tradition of American folk music are the staples of all of Norman Blake's recordings. Roscoe Holcomb-- "The High Lonesome Sound." The real deal in Appalachian ballads, and a great banjo player as well. Deep stuff. Doc Watson-- "Doc Watson." The first album from an old-time/bluegrass legend, with beautiful traditional songs, and some of the finest guitar and banjo playing ever put to wax. John Hartford-- "Aereo-Plain. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome album of beautiful tunes soulfully reminiscent of its Appalachian roots.
Published 17 days ago by Susan M. Taunton
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good stuff for early Welch. You can see the roots of The Scarecrow and The Harvest in this one.
Published 24 days ago by Steven L Kruppner
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect accent, and authenticity continue to shine through
More creativity from Gillian but a familiar sound. Her clear voice, perfect accent, and authenticity continue to shine through.
Published 24 days ago by J. Thames
4.0 out of 5 stars This album has some of her very best songs "Time the Revelator"
Gillian's album are always somewhat less than the experience of hearing her live. For those who doubt, listen to the live concert "Another Day, Another Time". Read more
Published 2 months ago by Daniel W. Bleier
4.0 out of 5 stars The high points are worth buying it for
Two prime cuts here, "I Want to Sing that Rock and Roll" and the Elvis-inspired tune also. It was worth the purchase price for these alone.
Published 2 months ago by Mark T
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Gillian Welch is awesome and this is a great collection.
Published 3 months ago by Elizabeth O Terry
5.0 out of 5 stars Time well spent
Gillian Welch has a haunting voice and she and David Rollins create some of the best new "old time" music I have ever heard. Read more
Published 8 months ago by M. Morning
5.0 out of 5 stars GR8
Gillian Welch is in a league of her own. This album is pure Gillian, clear, strong and beguiling. If I need say more - BUY IT and SEE.
Published 9 months ago by uncle bobo
3.0 out of 5 stars Loved 'Red Clay Halo'.
Bought this album to get the song 'Red Clay Halo', which I really like. The other songs, not so great.
Published 10 months ago by RDC
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!
Published 11 months ago by Candace
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