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With Bad Timing, O'Rourke attempts a return to the organic atmosphere of acoustic guitar from his explorations in electronica. The album consists of four songs clocking in at roughly ten minutes each, and is characterized by O'Rourke's ambient acoustic exploration. Three of the tracks enlist various instruments from cello to trumpet and even drums. The songs are highly textured and require patience, as they slowly evolve from abstract riffs into clear melodies. The album encompasses a rich dynamic range despite the seeming limitations that acoustic guitar could impose. There is a fair amount of splicing and mixing, which attests to the fact that O'Rourke has not completely dispensed with his passion for electronic music, but these interludes often provide a unique perspective. The highlight of the album is the final track, "Happy Trails," which begins with distorted acoustic noise, followed by an upbeat country rhythm provided by Tortoise's John McEntire. In sum, Bad Timing is a consistent effort and well worth a listen, especially during the mellow early morning hours. ~ Marc Gilman, All Music Guide
Guitarist Jim O'Rourke is best known as half of Gastr del Sol, one of the finest workaday avant post-rock outfits around. But O'Rourke is also a serious guitarophile, equally awestruck by John Fahey's open-ended takes on rural and Delta blues, and by Derek Bailey's unwavering free improvisation. O'Rourke's Bad Timing is replete with twisty blues plucking that spins like a series of tops winding around on a well-polished floor. The melodic lines O'Rourke concocts as a soloist on "There's Hell in Hello but More in Goodbye" are unnerving in their clarity and precision, not to mention their close-hewn structural integrity. And the rest of Bad Timing is all about construction: building an acoustic session out of various horns, guitar, piano, hints of percussion, and an ear for both ambient music and absolute sound. O'Rourke keeps enough delicacy in Bad Timing that it'll be plenty safe sound furniture, but when you listen up, the details will blow you away. --Andrew Bartlett
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This album is best listened to either in the early morning or later in the evening....it makes more sense then than it might in the middle of the day.
I can never just go out and buy a jim O'Rourke record anymore. You gotta go do your research to make sure he actually picks up the guitar. And on Bad Timing, he does it brilliantly.
maybe one day, he will do something with a herb alpert influence.
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youre right that album is great! but so are the others
relax and let it come at you side ways. the man is a mad professor.