Josh Turner – “Time Is Love”

21 Jan

Songwriters:  Tom Shapiro, Tony Martin, Mark Nesler

Thus far, Josh Turner’s career has turned out to be a sprinkling of truly great singles surrounded by a fair amount of mediocrity.  For every “Long Black Train,” there’s an “I Wouldn’t Be a Man,” and for every “Would You Go with Me,” there’s an “All Over Me.”  Regrettably, his new release is definitely one of the latter.  Does he have the voice?  Heck, yeah.  In addition, his musical stylings often nod to traditional country sounds and influences, making for pleasantly twangy mood-breakers in increasingly rocked-up radio playlists.  The problem is that his song lyrics do not always rise to the occasion, resulting in a spotty musical catalog that wants for consistency.

“Time Is Love,” an alternate spin on “Time is money,” makes for a decent title hook in that it means more that what the words say at face value, leaving room for thought,  The problem is that the song can’t seem to get over its own title, with the surrounding verses seemingly having little idea of what to do with themselves, and generally getting nowhere fast.  From “Anything I gotta get done, I can get done some other time” to “I gotta fly… fly… before one moment gets by,” the rest of the lyric sheet is a big pile of ho-hum.  As a whole, the song is unable to rise above the level of forgettable radio filler, and it doesn’t help that Turner’s vocal delivery sounds uncharacteristically distanced from the song lyric.

That’s a shame, because with a banjo-driven arrangement imbuing a sense of urgency that fits well with the lyrical concept, “Time Is Love” has a good amount of sonic goodness going for it.  But in terms of overall song structure… it just ain’t there.  It may not be a particularly tempting preview for Turner’s upcoming studio album, but let us hope that the rest of the albums finds his outstanding voice paired with outstanding material, such that “Time Is Love” will be only an isolated missed opportunity.

(Scores are given on a scale of 1 to 10)


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Posted by on January 21, 2012 in Single Reviews



3 responses to “Josh Turner – “Time Is Love”

  1. wiley16350

    January 24, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    First of all this is the same Richard that took you and Kevin to task on country universe over “Dancin’ Away With My Heart” and “The Rose”. With that said I wanted to tell you that this is a good negative review of a song. It’s not insulting and you provide quality reasons for the flaws. It doesn’t come across as biased and it actually seems like you wanted it to be good. Bad reviews come across as biased, insulting and lack any substantial information. Both those reviews that I attacked where of that type. It has nothing to do with length either. You do write a lot of good reviews, I don’t want you to think I was attacking your ability to write.

    • Ben Foster

      January 24, 2012 at 10:17 PM

      Thanks for the feedback, Richard! Much appreciated.

  2. Linda

    January 28, 2012 at 7:04 AM

    I love to hear Josh sing and I don’t really care what he sings. I loved I wouldn’t be a man. All over me went to number 1. Critics trounced Why don’t we just dance. Then when it stayed on the number 1 chart longer than any of his other songs they daid it was the only song on his a.bum that was any good. I agree with the writer who said you weren’t mean spirited, some reviews have been. I would put this above Jason Aldeans Green Tractor, which is the stupidest song to ever be number 1 on the charts for weeks. On Josh’s new single the singing is exemplary, and the sentiment is adequately conveyed. I know I am rambling, but I get upset when any body traches Josh,s work his voice alone is worth a 10 rating.



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