Although The Musician was recorded several years after Tim Rose's 15 minutes of fame had officially ended, his voice is as gloriously ragged and raspy as ever, and the album contains several flashes of the brilliance that made Rose a Greenwich Village legend in the mid- and late '60s. Considerably less folky-sounding than his earlier records, The Musician contains heavy rock versions of the two songs with which Rose is most identified ("Morning Dew" and "Hey Joe") along with several originals and covers of generally high quality. Like Alex Chilton, another devotee of pure pop music who seems entirely unconcerned with commercial success, Rose's no-apologies vibe has always placed him in the "love him or hate him" category. For those of the former inclination, he offers up some real gems. On "7:30 Song," Rose, in his inimitable growl, croons lustful Barry White-isms like "ooh, you do it good" over a female backing chorus and wah-wah bass. On his exceedingly strange version of Neil Young's "Old Man," Rose, amid swirling psychedelic slide guitars, sings like a raging drunk, lending the song an air of chilling desperation. Although much of the production values are quite dated, Rose does a good job of treating each song with a complete emotional honesty that transcends any sonic limitations.
AllMusic Review by Pemberton Roach