Patty Smyth - It's About Time

ExplorerExplorer England
edited November 2020 in year-2020

An album short on running time for sure, but not on quality, and judging by the album's liner notes there's more to come from Patty.

Patty Smyth - It
ARTIST: Patty Smyth
ALBUM: It's About Time
LABEL: BMG
SERIAL: 538631092
YEAR: 2020

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA Flag
LINEUP: Patty Smyth - lead and backing vocals * Chris McHugh - drums * Charlie Judge - keyboards * Jammie Lee Stoas - bass * Derek Wells - electric guitar * IIya Toshinskly - acoustic guitar * Cherie Oakley, Brandon Fraley, Jamie Fraley, Rodney Good - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Drive * 02 Build A Fire * 03 I'm Gonna Get There * 04 Losing Things * 05 No One Gets What They Want * 06 Only One * 07 Downtown Train * 08 Ode To Billie Joe

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Background

This is a most welcome return to the fray for one time Scandal vocalist Patty Smyth. She's best known in these circles for the hit single 'The Warrior' and the chart-topping US hit 'Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough' with Don Henley. She has also toured sporadically with a revamped Scandal lineup as well, and back in 2015 released a Christmas album, which proved the voice was still there firing on all cylinders.

Outside of music, as I'm sure we all know Patty is married to tennis legend John McEnroe, but you'll be pleased to know (or otherwise as the case may be) that he doesn't make an appearance here.

The Songs

Just the 8 tracks, with a running order of 33 minutes and one track being a reworking that appeared on her first solo album 'Never Enough' of Tom Waits 'Downtown Train'. Am I complaining? No, this is all quite superb. Patty still has that wonderful rasp to her voice and the songwriting and musicianship are of the highest quality, as well as having the legend that is Dann Huff producing. What more do we need?

'Drive' gets the album off to a fine start, and is a quite stunning song, with a touch of Americana about it, and a lyric that she has poured her heart and soul into.

'Build A Fire' is a spritely pop/rock number that has more than a touch of Scandal about it. 'I'm Gonna Get There' is a lovely stripped back tune that emphasises just how great a vocalist Patty is, and 'Losing Things' is an acoustic based, almost country flavoured song and is quite beautiful in its reflective execution.

'No One Gets What They Want' continues with Patty's soulful tones and highlights just how well the band and her voice gel together. 'Only One' returns to more familiar territory for Patty, and is an uplifting piece of AOR with a driving chorus that takes me right back to the 80's.

The reworked 'Downtown Train', is stripped of its 80's gloss from the first time she covered it, and is more in keeping with Tom Waits original version. The classic Bobbie Gentry tune 'Ode To Billie Joe' finishes the album off and Patty makes this her own with yet another beautiful soulful vocal.

In Summary

An album short on running time for sure, but not on quality, and judging by the album's liner notes there's more to come from Patty. This is an album that's never a demanding listen, but who always wants that? I'm just really pleased that Patty is back on the scene and creating top-notch music.

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    ExplorerExplorer England
    edited July 2020
    On October 9, the former front woman of the 80' s band Scandal (The Warrior etc) will release her first album of new, original music in 28 years. It's called 'It's About Time', it's produced by Dann Huff, and released through BMG. It's preceded by a single 'Drive'.
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    gdazegodgdazegod Lostralia
    The burning question is: will John McEnroe put in a guest appearance?
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    ExplorerExplorer England
    edited July 2020
    I`m sure he'll be making an appearance somewhere. To be fair to him he loves his rock music, so he's okay with me.
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    One of my all time favourites. And she's still got the voice! Looking forward to the album!!
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    Patty is fantastic .The voice is still incredible. For me she ranks alongside Ann Wilson and Laura Branigan as my all time favourite female (are we allowed to say that now?) vocalist.
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    gdazegodgdazegod Lostralia
    Yep, great singer. I'd add Debbie Davis (from Witness and in more recent times Lynyrd Skynyrd).
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    gdazegodgdazegod Lostralia
    edited October 2020

    Just a reminder, the brand new album from Scandal singer Patty Smyth is out this Friday. Check the Amazon listing for 9 Oct.
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    I for one am really looking forward to getting this.
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    I heard Patty was offered the lead singer job in Van Halen after DLR left and she turned it down. Any truth to this ?
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    DaveTDaveT Buenos Aires, Argentina
    I had read the same some time ago. She was friends with Eddie and Valerie Bertinelli and turned it down 'cause she was pregnant back in 1984. Fascinating story.
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    gdazegodgdazegod Lostralia
    edited October 2020
    Mitch Malloy and Sass Jordan were also in consideration.

    Re: Scandal, Eddie did play live with the band at some point, plus he was involved with the band Private Life because wife Valerie was a big fan. She had good taste.
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    This album has appeared recently on Amazon etc. Not sure if it`s legal or not.

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    It's About Time should be arriving here today and about time too!
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    My copy arrived today, and a quite beautiful album it is too.
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    It's quite short but I'm liking what I'm hearing.
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    Never Enough is an aptly name album for me... I never tire of it. Early days for It's About Time but it's making a real mark and is much better than I dared hope for. An excellent, unexpected return.
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    I have merged the content from two prior threads into Malcolm's review article.
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    Cheers George.
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    Does anybody remember this?
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    Great review, song and video, love Patty. About the Van Halen story, check out 12:15 and 18:22 . In the politically correct world we live , I don't know if nowadays an interview like this would be possible.
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    DaveTDaveT Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Thank you for the McEnroe/Cash video and Howard Stern's interview. Brilliant stuff.
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    Howard Stern is one creepy guy.. Lol
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