Thursday, January 31, 2008

It's Time For Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers

It's Time For Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers

Respectably underproduced by our new fave rave Andy Paley, It's Time For is another album-- like Jonathan Sings! and Rockin' and Romance-- that Jonathan doesn't care much for but is nonetheless stuffed full of gems. More than most Jonathan Richman records this one has tunes that aren't too idiosyncratic for a big label artist to cover, "It's You" and "This Love Of Mine" being two prime examples. It's Time For was released on Rough Trade in 1986 and never rereleased.

It's not very rewarding to write about the songs. This is probably the reason Richman is slightly stand-offish in his rarely granted interviews. His songs speak for themselves like no one else could. They draw up strong, specific emotions using everyday language, and expounding on them is redundant. Suffice to say, if you like Jonathan (aka Jojo) and his take on the ideal American beach party with the ideal American girlfriend you need this record. If you don't know what I'm talking about you need it even more. And if you need a recipe for a double chocolate malted, Jonathan's got that covered for you, too.

"It's You"

"This Love Of Mine"


BDub said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I have been looking for tracks from It's Time For... forever! My brother and I used to start off vacations with Let's Take a Trip and Double Chocolate Malted remains the best song ever written!


Dan Moynihan said...

WOW! Thanks so much for sharing this! It's so great to get to hear this album.