Dwight Yoakam has a voice and style that are drenched with his own unique originality. As far as his music goes, I'm convinced the man can do no wrong. When "This Time" was released back in 1993, Dwight was at the height of his commercial success... and he was able to achieve that success without any loss of identity or originality. Every track is a winner and the songwriting and overall quality of this album is superb.
This CD yielded three of the biggest hits of Yoakam's career: the heartbreaking "Ain't That Lonely Yet", the ethereal "A Thousand Miles from Nowhere", and the downright rockin' "Fast as You." As great as these songs are, there are other tracks found on this album that are just as good (if not better.) Other favorites here include "Home for Sale" & "Two Doors Down", two slow songs that are sure to break your heart with the delicacy of Dwight's vocals and the well-written lyrics. Also worth mentioning are "Pocket of a Clown", a bouncy psychobilly tune with great background vocals, "Lonesome Roads", which showcases some of the most self-depreciating lyrics Yoakam ever penned, and the title track "This Time", which adds a nice Bakersfield touch to the album.
With all that's great on "This Time", one might expect to find an inevitable weak point where it falters below expectations. However, I can say with total confidence that not even the most picky of critics can find a fault here. The songwriting, the vocals, and the arrangements are all amazing and have a great deal of variety among them. This album just proves that Mr. Yoakam always radiates his impeccable genius, regardless of Nashville's trends and tastes.