Entertainment Weekly - 07/11/03, p.78
"...Here, Cray offers a Los Lobos-esque take on the genre, with psych-pop sitars, string sections, and frantic shuffles as eclectic bait..." - Rating: B+
Living Blues - 9/03, p.58
"...With these ten tracks. Cray takes the safe modern blues styling he's known for, and turns 'em inside out, reinventing the genre in the process..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 7/03, p.1133 stars out of 5
- "Robert Cray has thrown off the chains of blues antiquity and moves into uncharted territory on TIME WILL TELL..."
Personnel: Robert Cray (vocals, guitar, sitar); Jerry Martini (tenor saxophone, tambourine); Cynthia Robinson (trumpet); Jim Pugh (keyboards); Karl Sevareid (acoustic & electric basses); Kevin Hayes (drums); Luis Conte (percussion); Turtle Island String Quartet.
Recorded at Studio 880, Oakland, California.
The DVD portion of this release features a 5.1 surround sound mix, live video footage, and weblinks.
Established as a modern blues player, Robert Cray has taken the influence of blues masters such as Albert Collins and Johnny Copeland, melded it with Southern soul music from the 1960s, and carved out a whole new sound with his own distinct style. With greater emphasis on keyboards this time around, TIME WILL TELL blends influences from world music and pop into Cray's tasty brew, proving his ambition to push blues into the future.