Entertainment Weekly - 1/22-1/29/99, p.105
"...Forsaking his usual standards for rock-era pop by Elvis Costello, John Lennon, Prince, and others, Scott occasionally tips into melodrama while the producers nod. But when the magic happens, that voice ushers you into a secret sitting room of the heart, and you won't think of saying no." - Rating: B
Q - 7/99, p.1224 stars (out of 5)
- "...[Scott] manages to wring every ounce of emotion from between the lines of the originals...proving stunning and...moving..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 7/99, p.102
"...Unease and pleasure in equal measure."
This 1998 album finds Jimmy Scott fearlessly reinterpreting a range of love songs that were written for or by rock acts during the last twenty years. As always, to listen Jimmy Scott sing is to let the rest of the world disappear. His choice of Elvis Costello's "Almost Blue" is a natural one. More surprising--but no less appropriate--is his take on Bryan Ferry's "Slave to Love." Though Scott recorded versions of a handful of contemporary songs on 1996's HEAVEN (the title track is a Talking Heads' song), this album is entirely devoted to exploring the interpretive possibilities in contemporary songwriting. HOLDING BACK THE YEARS features a small jazz combo and occasional strings, and sounds warm and lush throughout.