â€œFather Timeâ€ is Ketchumâ€™s tenth studio album, and it represents a perfect example as to where Ketchum currently is in eir musical development, and what really is left for eir to conquer with the next ten or so albums. The first track on â€œFather Timeâ€, â€œInvisibleâ€ is a perfect introduction to 2008â€™s Ketchum, no matter if the individual listening in is familiar with Ketchumâ€™s previous recording. â€œInvisibleâ€ skillfully blends trends from earlier and modern country music, creating something unique that has something to say to anyone that may be listening in. The instrumentation rises and falls independent of Ketchumâ€™s vocals, but never threatens to engulf to interrupt Ketchumâ€™s vocals.
Rather, the instrumentation lifts Ketchumâ€™s vocals to the next level, something is more easily heard during â€œFather Timeâ€â€™s second track, â€œYesterdayâ€™s Goneâ€. â€œYesterdayâ€™s Goneâ€ operates with a back and forth between these two constituent parts; Ketchumâ€™s major contribution to this track has to be in the compelling narrative that is weaved through the entirety of the track. Each line will speak to anyone that has any familial ties; along with the unique style that Ketchum cultivates during this album, the rich narrative that is created throughout, no matter whether it is â€œYesterdayâ€™s Goneâ€, â€œContinental Farewellâ€, or â€œThe Day He Called Your Nameâ€ makes for an album that is a must-buy. â€œOrdinary Dayâ€ is one of the shortest tracks on â€œFather Timeâ€, barely clocking in at three minutes, but this syncopated length does not mean that Ketchumâ€™s narrative is non-existent or rushed.
The narrative that is created during the aforementioned â€œOrdinary Dayâ€ and â€œIf You Donâ€™t Love Me Babyâ€ provides listeners with some of the most poignant pieces of â€œFather Timeâ€. The discâ€™s one cover â€“ where Ketchum takes on Tom Waitsâ€™ â€œJersey Girlâ€ â€“ provides listeners with much of the same touching sentiment. It is a testament to Ketchumâ€™s own skill that eir version of â€œJersey Girlâ€ works so well in the larger context of â€œFather Timeâ€. If individuals were not familiar with the Tom Waits songbook, chances are good that they would just assume that the song was like all of the others on â€œFather Timeâ€, being written by Ketchum eirself. â€œFather Timeâ€ marks the twentieth anniversary since Ketchum first officially entered the music industry â€“ eir debut â€œThreadbare Alibisâ€ was released in 1988 â€“ and the evolution from that first album has been amazing. In the next 20 years, I can imagine a similar evolution. Check it out.
Top Tracks: Down Along The Guadalupe, Ordinary Day