Written By: Darwin Green
This is pop in one of its extreme forms, but the problem exists in calling this album “extreme” in any sense. It seems likely that Crosby Loggins wrote this in the wake of heartbreak. The lyrics tell of broken dreams, disappointment, disillusion, and all the leftover and unresolved arguments a couple could ever have, poured out into every song. But I don’t think Loggins is the one suffering in this album. In fact, the title of the album suggests something else entirely, that Loggins left this girl and now is repenting his newly found freedom. Each song fills in a gap of the drama that might have happened, until the fitted puzzle starts to form the image of a man who couldn’t live with another person who loved him. It’s no coincidence that John Mayer appears on the title track, considering the subject matter of some of Mayer’s songs.
With a slightly bluesy, jazzy, mature, softer than rock approach, Time to Move On tells of the departure point after a breakup. “Better Days” comes off as a self-confidence building mantra Loggins probably used to instruct the girl he left not to feel crushed by his departure. The reflecting song “Good Enough” expresses his internal conflict directly after the failed relationship. In fact, whomever he sings about in “Good Enough” makes whatever person he left sound controlling, to say the least. It’s not a flattering album for the muse by any means. There’s not a little anger or regret tainting Loggins’ softly spoken melodic singing.
The whole album belongs to that class of breakup albums like Beck’s Sea Change, where the darkness brought on by loss, even self-inflicted loss, permeates everything and conflicting emotions run one into the ground like a jackhammer. The difference in this album is that the position comes from the one leaving, and not from the one who’s left behind. The kicker is that it’s deceptively sweet and melodic.