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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 20, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epic / CBS
  • ASIN: B00000274U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,036 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Darren R. Chandler on February 19, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Since hearing Vernon Reid's blistering solo on Cult of Personality, I was a Living Colour fan. I actually found the rest of Vivid a little too poppy, and Times Up took several months to grow on me.

It is a far more mature and thoughful work than Vivid, and is one of those albums that always seems to reveal new textures and layers on every listen - that's what keeps me coming back for more. It's a testament to solid production and brilliant musicianship.

As much as I am blown away by Reid's playing outside the boundaries, the rest of the band hold it down equally well. Listen to the interplay between Muzz Skillings' chatty bass and William Calhoun's frenetic drumming on songs like "This Is The Life" - which bears some resemblance to Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir", with its lazy Bonham-like drums and eastern scales. Calhoun, like Reid, is jazz trained and it's evident in the way he can improvise within a groove.

A standout track for me is "Under Cover of Darkness", a funk laden work which lyrically deals with issues of sex and intimacy, and features a ring modulated guitar solo and beautiful bass riffs.

I really feel that black bands, especially stereotype-smashing ones such as Living Colour and Fishbone, did not (do not?) get the recognition and airplay they deserve - and there have been plenty of imitators since.

Consider this album part of an alternative history lesson in rock music.
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This disc shows just how fabulous rock 'n' roll can be. Cory Glover's vocals are stunningly expressive. Vernon Reid's guitar is genious. The lyrics to songs shed true light on the human condition and in some cases insspire: "THIS IS THE LIFE YOU HAVE!!!" Oh ... and it will rock your socks off. If you can't groove to this disc, you ain't got no groove.
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"Vivid" was a great album, but "Time's Up" upped the ante and is one of my favorite albums of all time. It's a brilliant collection of songs with a wide range of influences spanning heavy metal, calypso, blues, jazz and hip hop. The rhythm section is tight, Vernon Reid's guitar blazes and the songwriting is creative with many dissonant and fulfilling chord choices.
My favorite tracks are the dark and dissonant "Love Rears its Ugly Head," "Elvis is Dead" (Elvis has left the building!), the hard driving "Type" and "Under the Cover of Darkness" (with Queen Latifah). The best track of all however is the closer "This is the Life," an epic piece with an inspiring message - "this is the life you have!"
Time's Up is a timeless classic.
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All these years later it is still difficult for me to understand why Living Colour dropped off in popularity as fast as they did. “Times Up” was the follow up to their multi-platinum debut album “Vivid” and to my ears is the better album of the two, but it did not perform as well and the momentum seemed to slow down significantly for the band. “Times Up” is generally a more mature and varied work than “Vivid”. The band doesn’t ignore their metal / grunge roots, but also explore a significant amount of additional musical territory. Tracks like “Time’s Up”, “Love Rears It’s Ugly Head”, “Elvis Is Dead”, “Type”, “Solace Of You” and “This Is The Life” run the gamut and further express just how talented these guys were. There are a few lesser tracks on the album, so it is not a masterpiece, but is a very strong effort from the band that should have done better than it did with the general public.
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This 1990 release actually altered the way I listen to music, ALL music. I was a lad of 21 the first time I heard it and my senses still haven't recovered. The differences between this LP and thier debut "Vivid" are so shocking they may scare away listeners upon first listen. The first thing you notice is the sound of the music; everything here sounds recorded live in the studio and consist mostly of first takes. "Times Up" is a terrifying vision of the impending apocalypse and the bands' blistering delivery drives home the immediacy of the message. Every member of Living Colour is in tip-top form on this opening salvo; drummer William Calhoun is the first one you hear and he introduces this hardcore/punk track with 2 hard snare beats and slams right into the fray with guitarist Vernon Reid and bassist Muzz Skillings thrashing along at such a frantic pace it leaves you breathless. And when lead vocalist Corey Glover enters, wailing 'times up, the rivers have no life, times up, the world is full of strife, times up, the sky is falling, times up, the Lord is calling!', the urgency in his voice is enough to give you chills, for my money, this is the best opening song of any rock album ever. If you're still standing after this track, you'll be blessed with the oppurtunity to catch your breath as "History Lesson" schools you in the significance of music in the Negro/Slave experience (it features sound bites from historical films narrated by Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee and the basso profundo of James Earl Jones).Read more ›
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