Chris Willman
July 11, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Time Will Tell

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Robert Cray
Producers
Sanctuary

We gave it a B+

If, like some of us, you got bored with the blues a few thousand 12-bar progressions ago, Time to reconsider: Here, Cray offers a Los Lobos-esque take on the genre, with psych-pop sitars, string sections, and frantic shuffles as eclectic bait. This expansionism works, though it’s inevitably the guitar-organ interplay that kills. Worth the price: ”Good Man,” a funny look at fatale attractions (”You don’t need a smart man to do the math/When I see you in your bubble bath”) penned by drummer Kevin Hayes and sis Bonnie that’s funny enough to have been written by Cray’s summer tour mate, John Hiatt.

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