It's My Time
Previously, Strother has dipped into the Magic Sam songbook to record "I'm Tore Down" and "Easy Baby" and covered Little Walter's "One of These Mornings." On It's My Time, however, Strother sticks to his own material and weighs in with a set of predominantly soul ballads. The problem with a whole album of this material is that unless the songwriting or arrangements are truly memorable, the songs soon blend into each other, victims of repetitive themes, rhythms and tempos. Which is pretty much the case here.
When Strother builds his songs around his spare, snapping guitar leads, he creates a distinctive sound that makes for exciting blues; "I Tried So Hard to Fake Love" and "It's My Time Baby" are two fine examples. Unfortunately there aren't many others. "I'm Doing Fine Without You" is distinguished by the fingerpicked interplay between Strother and rhythm guitarist and producer Johnny Rawls. The rest of It's My Time is loaded with unremarkable tunes that soon lose their interest.
Strother seems to be at his best live. It's My Time does no justice to the excitement of that experience.
-- Jack Oudiz