Chuck Prophet's newest "The Land That Time Forgot" took some time to get here. COVID delays saw the record get released one song at a time, until a hard copy finally saw the light of day months after the digital release. I checked out the first two singles, but waited until the vinyl was in hand for my ritualistic, proper spin. Worth the wait? Oh yeah!
Simply put, this is the best record of Chuck Prophet's career and that is saying something since this guy has been on some roll since 2009's "Let Freedom Ring."
Every song on "The Land That Time Forgot" is a mini-movie, and I got lost in every one. Prophet has a way of telling a story that can be both heartbreaking and hilarious, often at the same time. And though his brand of lead vocal is of the talk-singing kind, he still writes hooks that can snag flounders. Listen to "Willi & Nilli" and wait for it.
The production on "The Land That Time Forgot" seems deliberately low key, and I'd venture to say it was a COVID recording except that the record was finished before all hell broke loose. So, let's just say timing was everything, as this record has the perfect vibe and the perfect finale in "Get Off The Stage."
"The Land That Time Forgot" will be on my year end list of Best Records, and it will rank pretty high.