Offering some of her first original compositions, »The Time Has Come« was a break from tradition in more ways than one for Anne Briggs. Where previous recordings displayed the unaccompanied melodies of her voice, this album – originally released by CBS in 1971 – brings additional instrumentation in the form of guitar and bouzouki.
The result is that her vocals are not submerged, but heightened – the plucked strings providing the perfect foil for her cry stalline inflection. »The Time Has Come« is a mix of Anne's own songs alongside some notable covers (Lal Waterson, Steve Ashley, Stan Ellison, Henry McCulloch). All are graced with the quietly self-assured elegance of Anne's playing, with sounds ranging from the breezy »Clea Caught A Rabbit« to the terrible beauty of »Wishing Well«.
To say that Anne was an accomplished picker is to do her something of an disservice – the intricacy of her finger-work rivals – and more often than not eclipses – any number of her contemporaries.
»The Time Has Come is an absolute master class on words and guitar twisting into one another – the poetry goes beyond simple observation into deeply personal and profound lore. A timeless document of sweet and haunting melodies. My favourite record of all time.« (Ryley Walker)