Release Date: Sep 14, 2004
Record label: Touch & Go
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
Sally Timms' In the World of Him is easily her most provocative record. It is a collection of songs almost exclusively by men, sung from their perspective on various themes ranging from war, abandonment, death, marriage, and the inability to communicate emotions inherent in those experiences. Timms co-produced the album with Justin Asher, and Johnny Dowd (who play on the set as well).
Sally Timms’ In the World of Him is a good deal more thoughtful than your run-of-the-mill covers album. It’s one thing to cover a batch of songs concerning a similar topic. Timms went further and assembled a group of songs written from a similar point of view. (Astute readers have no doubt picked up from the title that each of the nine songs on this album was written from the point of view of a man.) What’s more, Timms and co-producers Johnny Dowd and Justin Asher arranged the songs in such a way that they have virtually no resemblance to the original: someone listening to Timms’ version of Mark Eitzel’s “God’s Eternal Love” has to feel more than a little disconcerted by the bleak, synthetic background.