- Recorded at RCA Studio B and the Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee.
- TIME (tHE REVELATOR) was nominated for the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album.
- Personnel: Gillian Welch (vocals, guitar, banjo); David Rawlings (vocals, acoustic guitar).
- Recording information: RCA Studio B, Nashville, TN; Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN.
- Photographer: Mark Seliger.
- Displaying a remarkable consistency of vision, Gillian Welch sticks to her guns on her third album, by limiting the sonic palette to the twin acoustic guitars and vocals of herself and partner David Rawlings (and a touch of banjo). With all the hip cred she's built up, especially with her work on the O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU soundtrack, this might have been her big pop move, but Welch plays it admirably straight on TIME (THE REVELATOR). While the melodies and lyrics here do occasionally stretch the boundaries of her willfully anachronistic folk/country style a little, this an even moodier, more intense recording than Welch's previous two. There's a hazy, dreamlike feel to "Revelator," "Dear Someone," and especially the 14-minute, Dylanesque closer "I Dream a Highway," somewhat akin to the plaints of Lucinda Williams's contemporaneous ESSENCE album. Brief respites from all the serious brow-knitting are provided by the ironic, recorded-live "I Want to Sing That Rock and Roll" and the straight-up homage "Elvis Presley Blues," but ultimately this is a dark, murky (and rewarding) trip.
Rolling Stone (8/16/01, pp.102,105) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...Gorgeous reinventions of Appalachian sounds, old Anglo influences and haunting themes of remorse and redemption....Welch's voice is slow and forgiving, like molasses..."
Q (11/01, p.130) - 4 out of 5 stars - "...Eerily compelling..."
Uncut (11/01, p.124) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Stripped-down, honest and raw....It's another understated gem, full of old-fashioned waltzes slowed down to a heartbeat and mournful back-porch ballads of home-spun wisdom..."
Magnet (12-1/02, p.111) - "...The finest folk composition of the 'nuovo secolo'...a rare combination of delivery, storyline and 'melodia'..."
CMJ (8/4/01, p.4) - "...A classic for today and any other day..."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.61) - Ranked #49 in Mojo's "100 Modern Classics" -- "Threading musical and lyrical motifs, her third album is a loose song cycle that repays close and repeated listening."
Mojo (Publisher) (1/02, p.69) - Ranked #4 in Mojo's "Best  Albums of 2001".
Mojo (Publisher) (11/01, p.102) - "...A profoundly good record..."