Music > How the Night-Time Sings (1991)
1. Blues Is First
3. How The Night-Time Sings
4. Los Padres
5. Happy All The Time
6. Hard Love
7. What Do I Need To Do?
8. Look What The Car Dragged In
10. Dusty Road
11. The Monte Vista
12. Streets of Heaven
13. Reina's Lullabye
14. When I Reach
15. Weather The Storm
16. Great Dream of Heaven
BW: acoustic & bottleneck guitars and vocal
Jennifer Shader: double bass
Kristin Kunhardt: backing vocal
Recorded October 1990-January 1991 by Bruce Seifried at Loudville Studio, Loudville, Massachusetts.
All songs written by Brooks Williams except where noted.
Cover Drawing and design: Charlie Hunter
PITTSBURGH FREE PRESS
Who is Brooks Williams? He's a superb, inventive guitar player and a warm, engaging singer. He plays like Ry Cooder and Leo Kottke and he sings like David Wilcox and Bruce Cockburn. If you like them, you'll like him.
He writes songs with clear images, familiar melodies and occasionally unexpected chord changes. A couple of them have unusual twists. In "Jubilee", he and his father catch fish using a flashlight. The song becomes a metaphor for looking for a miracle to give him faith. "Railwalker" deals with feeling confined in a small town, yet having a sense of freedom becasuse the railroad tracks connect him with the outside world.
Other songs are more straightforward. "Weather the Storm" is a lovely homage to him and a loved one working through the hard times. The title tune is a warm, pastoral sound about the gentle night and committed love.
There's lots of positive energy on the album. His first disc, "North from Statebsoro" was nominated as best folk album of 1990 by the Boston Music Awards.
- Sigmund Finman