Steve Winwood – About Time

Low-key return by former Spencer Davis Group and Traffic star

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About Time is Winwood’s eighth solo album and the first since 1997’s Junction Seven. Recorded live in the studio with a small crew of sessioneers, About Time features Winwood on Hammond B-3 organ, playing the bass lines on the pedals. If this was meant to avoid the mechanising effect of a sequencer or click track, it must be said that the Latin percussion-driven rhythm section is fairly metronomic anyway. It also means there’s no chance of Winwood playing guitar, which is a shame. Ten of the 11 tracks are self-composed, the exception being a cover of Timmy Taylor’s “Why Can’t We Live Together?” which fails to add much to the original. A relaxed, grooving album, About Time fails to make a major impression, mostly just passing the time in a congenial way. For loyal fans only.

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