In Your Own Time [Special Edition]

In Your Own Time [Special Edition]

by Mark OwenMark Owen

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Overview

It might not have received the same rapturous response as Take That's unexpected reunion, but three years before the boy band returned to rule the world, it was Mark Owen's second solo album, In Your Own Time, that provided the first collaborative effort between its members since their split in 1996. Despite chasing an indie pop credibility that eluded him on his flop debut album Green Man, it was the band's chief songwriter, Gary Barlow, who at the time was in the career doldrums -- and not his stadium-selling closest ally Robbie Williams -- who the tousle-haired, elfin-like singer turned to for his second career reprieve, buoyed by his victory on the second series of Celebrity Big Brother. Barlow's two contributions, "Turn the Light On," a pedestrian slice of polished pop
ock and "If You Weren't Leaving Me," a lumpy attempt at Shed Seven-esque Brit-pop, don't offer any indication that his previous, glowing, songwriting reputation would later be restored. But, luckily, the tracks co-written with the likes of Echo and the Bunnymen's Ian McCulloch, Danny Wilson's Nigel Clark, and the Yachts's Henry Priestman are more successful at realizing Owen's NME-friendly ambitions. Lead single "Four Minute Warning," a thought-provoking alt-country-influenced tale inspired by the concept of the Cold War alert system, is about as far removed from the slush-fest of his only solo Take That lead, "Babe," as he is likely to get, and is more than entitled to be held in the same breath as Williams' finest. Elsewhere, the brooding "Kill with Your Smile" echoes the punchy driving rock of New Order's recent comeback; closing track "My Life" is a gorgeously introspective, trippy ballad perfectly complemented by a wave of cinematic orchestral strings, while "Head in the Clouds" is a Jeff Buckley-influenced, bluesy number which sensitively addresses the issue of domestic abuse. However, the MOR sheen of "Gravity" sounds like a Darius B-side; "Baby I'm No Good" is a self-pitying, minimal acoustic ballad where he clairvoyantly appears to apologize for his recent much-publicized infidelities, while his reedy, whiney, and nasal vocal delivery can sometimes be a little too overbearing, particularly on the sparsely produced "How Do You Love." But where Green Man sounded like a boy bander trying to gate crash a much cooler alternative scene, In Your Own Time feels like a natural progression which doesn't appear so desperate.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/06/2004
Label: Universal Import
UPC: 0602498658529
catalogNumber: 60092
Rank: 69990

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mark Owen   Primary Artist,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Gary Clark   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Tambourine,Background Vocals
Geoff Dugmore   Drums
James Eller   Bass
Mark Feltham   Harmonica
Eliot Kennedy   Guitar
London Session Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Ian McCulloch   Guitar
Steve Robson   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Jonn Savannah   Synthesizer,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Peter-John Vettese   Guitar,Drums,Keyboards
Ali Thomson   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Andy Caine   Background Vocals
Gary Barlow   Keyboards
Hugo Degenhardt   Drums
Robbie McKintosh   Guitar
Alison Clark   Background Vocals
Mark Tufty Evans   Guitar
Rohan Thomas   Keyboards

Technical Credits

John McLaughlin   Composer,Producer
Dave James   Producer,Engineer
Gary Clark   Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Instrumentation
Robert Harris   Composer
Eliot Kennedy   Composer,Instrumentation
Ian McCulloch   Composer
Henry Priestman   Composer,Producer
Steve Robson   Composer,Producer
Peter-John Vettese   Composer,Programming,Producer,String Arrangements
Gavyn Wright   Orchestra Leader
Ali Thomson   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Simon Hale   String Arrangements
Jeremy Wheatley   Programming
Robbie Adams   Engineer
Mark Owen   Composer
Gary Barlow   Composer,Instrumentation
Matthew Ollivier   Engineer
Ben Georgiades   Engineer
Ricky Graham   Engineer
Jon Marius Aareskjold   Engineer
Tim Woodcock   Composer
Yoad Nevo   Programming
Mark Tufty Evans   Programming,Engineer

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