There Was a Time

There Was a Time

by Knots and Crosses



In the early 1990s, Knots and Crosses rose up from Boston's folk-rock scene, made a couple of great albums (Creatures of Habit and Curve of the Earth), released them themselves, and broke up. The albums are long out of print and the band is hardly known outside of New England. Or within New England, for that matter. There Was a Time presents 14 tracks from those two albums in remixed and remastered form. The result is revelatory and should make all of us who didn't support them enough when they were around feel mighty guilty. Singer/songwriter Carol Noonan, singer/guitarist Alan Williams, and guitarist/songwriter Rick Harris made a sound that occupied a magical space somewhere Richard & Linda Thompson and, believe it or not, early 10,000 Maniacs -- they have the easy tunefulness of the latter (without the smugness, thank heavens) combined with the guitar chops and emotional depth of the former (witness the group's breathtaking version of Thompson's "Walking on a Wire" that ends the program). The highlights are many, and include the soaring "Moment of Mercy" and Noonan's affecting take on the traditional "How Can I Live at the Top of a Mountain." Low points are few, but they're here -- a lumbering waltz rhythm and awkward chord progression undermine the lyrical power of "Come Up for Air," and there's a completely unnecessary (and somewhat out of tune) keyboard coda that makes "Creatures of Habit" about two minutes too long. The high points win out, though, hands down.

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Release Date: 07/20/1999
Label: Signature Sounds
UPC: 0701237125220
catalogNumber: 1252

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