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Album Review

Year of the Cat brought Al Stewart a genuine worldwide smash with its title track, and for its successor, he did make a few concessions. These, however, were slight — just a slight increase of soft rock productions, an enhancement of the lushness that marked not only Year of the Cat but also Modern Times. These happened to be welcome adjustments to Stewart's sound, since they increased the dreamy continental elegance at the core of his work. And that's why Time Passages is the equal of Year of the Cat — it may be more streamlined, but the adjustments to his sound and the concessions to the mainstream just increase the soft grace of his eloquent historical pop epics. It's possible to view this as too precious, because it is pitched at an audience who believes the common-day concerns of pop are piffle, but this is exceptionally well-crafted, from Stewart's songs, where even three-minute songs seem like epics, to Alan Parsons' cinematic arrangements and productions. This added concentration on the texture of the recording, ensuring that it was clean, spacious, and gentle, with a welcoming surface. Of course, this means that Time Passages can work very well as background music, but it also reveals much upon concentrated listening — enough to make it stand proudly next to Modern Times and Year of the Cat as one of Al Stewart's very best albums.

Customer Reviews

Time Passages

On par as one of Al Stewarts greatest albums. Each song puts you in the action/scene of the words. He has the ability to create an image with every song. A gotta have, a must.

Time Passages

An awesome album!! I have bought it on 33 1/3, 8-track, cassette, CD and now as a MP3. Life is so wonderful and I love this album!

Not A Bad Cut On This Masterpiece

It must have been hard to follow up Year Of The Cat. But Al Stewart really came close on this hidden jewel in his catalog. The title track is every bit as interesting lyrically and musically as Year Of The Cat, and Song On The Radio is as good as anything in his repetoire. A great album,


Born: September 5, 1945 in Greenock, Scotland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Scottish singer/songwriter Al Stewart has been an amazingly prolific and successful musician across 50 years, working in a dizzying array of stylistic modes and musical genres -- in other words, he's had a real career, and has done it without concerning himself too much about trends and the public taste. He's been influenced by several notables, to be sure, including his fellow Scot (and slightly younger contemporary) Donovan, as well as Ralph McTell, Bob Dylan, and John Lennon -- but apart from...
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