Time for a Witness

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Time for a Witness
Studio album by
RecordedOctober 29 – December 19, 1990
Genre Rock, college rock
Label A&M/Coyote
Producer Bill Million, Gary Smith, Glenn Mercer
The Feelies chronology
Only Life
Time for a Witness
Here Before

Time for a Witness is the fourth studio album by the American rock band the Feelies, released in 1991 on A&M/Coyote. [1] [2] The band supported the album with a North American tour. [3]



Most of the lyrics were written by Glenn Mercer. [4] The album was coproduced by Gary Smith. [5] The band would tape their rehearsals and look for interesting parts in the jams. [6] "What She Said" uses harmonica and slide guitar. [7] "Real Cool Time" is a cover of the Stooges song. [8]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [9]
Calgary Herald A− [10]
Chicago Tribune Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [11]
Robert Christgau A [12]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [13]
Entertainment Weekly B [14]
Orlando Sentinel Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svg [7]
Pitchfork 7.9/10 [15]
Rolling Stone Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [16]
Spin Alternative Record Guide 7/10 [17]

The Chicago Tribune wrote that "guitar lines become modal-jazz arabesques, dissolve into dissonance, then finally return to some vigorous variation of the three-chord strum, while the rhythm section builds a mantra-like momentum." [11] The Calgary Herald deemed the album "melodic mood pieces from the musical children of Lou Reed wrapped in fragile swirls of electric sound and lit by the neon's red glare." [10] The Washington Post concluded: "Such tracks as 'Sooner or Later' and 'Doin' It Again' offer as many twangy thrills as a great Rolling Stones song, but the Feelies don't pretend that their guitars express passion or rage or fear. Their guitars express guitars." [18]

The Toronto Star determined that "Mercer and fellow guitarist Bill Million build dense, unrelenting guitar textures shot through with simple solo lines." [19] The New York Times called Time for a Witness "a musically austere record in which the guitars of Mr. Million and Glenn Mercer, the band's lead singer and lyricist, interlock eloquently." [20]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Bill Million and Glenn Mercer except where noted.

2."Time for a Witness"3:34
3."Sooner or Later"2:33
4."Find a Way"7:01
6."Doin' It Again"2:41
8."For Now"4:47
9."What She Said"5:38
10."Real Cool Time" ( Dave Alexander, Ron Asheton, Scott Asheton, Iggy Pop )4:23
Total length:42:04


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