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Let the Truth Be Told

Laura IziborAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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“The foundation begins with soul,” explains 20-year-old singer/songwriter/producer Laura Izibor of her passionate, piano-guided songs. On her forthcoming debut album, Izibor continues the lineage set out by artists like Lauryn Hill and Jill Scott; artists who combine a reverence for the traditions of early R&B with a thoroughly modern sensibility. After one listen to the ... Read more in Amazon's Laura Izibor Store

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  • Audio CD (June 16, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B001P8C1U8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,628 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Shine
2. Don't Stay
3. If Tonight Is My Last
4. What Would You Do
5. From My Heart to Yours
6. Perfect World
7. The Worst Is Over
8. Yes (I'll Be Your Baby)
9. I Don't Want You Back
10. Mmm...

Editorial Reviews

'The foundation begins with soul,' explains 22-year-old singer/
songwriter/producer Laura Izibor of her passionate, piano-guided
songs. On her forthcoming debut album, Izibor continues the
lineage set out by artists like Lauryn Hill and Jill Scott; artists
who combine a reverence for the traditions of early R&B with a
thoroughly modern sensibility. After one listen to the powerful,
honey-tinged vocals on Let The Truth Be Told, one thing is for sure.
For Laura Izibor, it s got to be real.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A soul revival! July 14, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Laura Izibor is a 22 year old singer/songwriter of Irish and Nigerian origin. "Let the truth be told" is her debut CD and made the US top 40 (#27). I discovered her from Amazon's reccommendation. She came up while I was writing my review of Maxwell's new CD so I figured she had to be good.

Hers is a piano-driven retro Soul sound with a Jazzy feel, think Alicia Keys, Corinne Bailey Rae, or the AWOL Lauryn Hill and you begin to get the picture. At 10 tracks running just over 37 minutes, she definitely does not overstay her welcome.

Opening the disc is the upbeat horn peppered aptly titled "Sunshine". "Don't stay" is an organ drenched ballad I could imagine Candi Staton singing. This is one of those albums where it is tough to pick standouts. "What would you do" is simply beautiful and so soulful. The more upbeat "From my heart to yours" sets Hip Hop beats to a groovy bassline, a la Lauryn Hill. The swirling "Perfect world" is so Alicia Keys as is the Bluesy "I don't want you back", while the pair of "The worst is over" and "Mmm" (the latter with Gospel-type humming and organs) are delicate stripped piano ballads with her vocals pushed to the fore.

However, as tough as it was, my favourite is the upbeat Hip Hop-tinged "Yes (I'll be your baby)"; horns, hard hitting beats, cascading harmonies and wah wah guitars. Awesome!

What a ride, shame it's over too soon.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From Her Voice to My Ears--Love It September 10, 2009
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The first time I heard of Laura Izibor was on the radio, and the song they were playing was "From My Heart to Yours". I said, WOW, I love this song. So I went on the Amazon website, looked up the artist by name, and found what I was looking for. Then I decided to play the samples to see if the rest of her songs were equally as beautiful, and that is when I decided that I have to have this CD. I recommend it to all music lovers no matter what genre of music you prefer. I think you will be pleasantly surprised! You don't have to take my word for it. Just do as I did, and sample.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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The Irish diva is soon to go global via her debut album on Atlantic.
This album from the young Dubliner was set to be released on Jive Records three years ago, but got shelved. Then, another label, Atlantic, took their time in deciding just when it should see be released.
"Let The Truth Be Told" reveals not only that capacious voice, but also a confident commercial songwriter - its collection of wholesome pop being penned entirely by Laura herself.
From soulful ballads through orchestral anthems (all pizzicato strings and sisterhood sincerity) to a clipped and sassy R&B swagger, her take on classic femme soul may not be rocking any boats, but earworms such as "Don't Stay" and new single "Shine" exude enough crossover familiarity to become retail and ringtone fixtures.
The CD is a glossy-sounding album of funky soul-pop tunes with Izibor's unique stamp all over them. Her smoky voice rides over the album's strong melodies and establishes her as one of the current vocalists in today's soul scene.
"...It's so glossy, however, that there's no rough-'round-the-edges charm, or distinctive quality about it." - Lauren Murphy
The first track "Shine" kicks the album off to a slightly energetic start, with a very catchy chorus, but then "Dont Stay", the second song, takes the tempo down a notch or two, while maintaining a swaying rhythm.
In fact she showcases her versatility by switching the tempo throughout the album. "If Tonight Is My Last" is a gorgeous, emotive mid-tempo track whilst "The Worst Is Over" is the album's big piano ballad, and most beautiful moment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She's Phenomenal!!! December 5, 2009
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I admit when I first heard the Laura Izibor song From My Heart To Yours, I thought it was Joss Stone. That's not a knock on either artist because I really love me some Joss Stone, it's just that their voices are similar. I said that to say, I had been looking for the song under the wrong context so it took me a while to figure it out. It was not until I randomly saw the video on MTV a couple months back that I was ENLIGHTENED. Besides after listening to their albums I can now easily tell the difference.

Despite similarities in voice to Joss Stone (hey you can't help that your natural voice happens to sound like someone elses) it doesn't take away from the fact that Laura Izibor is a great songwriter and singer that can also produce and play various instruments and perform extremely well LIVE. She sings with soul and passion over lively and vibrant production that gives the cd a natural quality not heard since Corrinne Bailey Rae's debut album (BTW her new album The SEA coming in January 2010).

LET THE TRUTH BE TOLD doesn't really have any down moments. Every song on this 10 track album is expertly done and fits well within the concept and theme of the album. Nothing feels out of place, tacked on, or a corny attempt to gain attention. Every song is distinct and memorable. It's just great music and she deserves her shine and praise for it. Laura Izibor is a refreshing young singer that you should take a chance on. I guarantee this album will be enjoyed by all who love music. 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars " LET THE TRUTH BE TOLD "
With its melodic soars of Lauryn Hill's "That Thing," the cute piano arpeggios of "From My Heart to Yours" whispers of neo-soul's second coming. Read more
Published 6 days ago by David White
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best CD ever
This is the best CD ever. I heard it in a garden center and asked the owner who this was. I literally have worn this thing out and probably need another one.
Published 1 month ago by Suzanne Nyktas
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
when I originally bought the cd I had all of my friends buy it, then I bought it as a gift

excellent, excellent excellent
Published 2 months ago by Bonnie Lacy
5.0 out of 5 stars Ms. Izidor, you have a hit on your hands!!!!!
First time I heard this CD from Laura, LOVE IT! LOVE IT!!!!. I ordered the CD from Amazon, and listened to it over and over. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Barbara Duckett
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE!!! ;O)
Run out an get this AMAZING Album! It's a MUST bye for self and a love one for the Holidays. All my friends are getting this in their stocking this year. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars opinion
i bought this song for my sister she loves it I also like it so it was a win win situation
Published 9 months ago by butter
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Love this album and most of the songs. They are mostly upbeat with an earthy vibe. Love Laura's voice as well. Read more
Published 9 months ago by BookWorm
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!!!!
Laura Izabor's Let the Truth Be Told is Great music to sing along with as you drive down the highway.
Published 10 months ago by B. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, rich voice
I came across the song Shine which is on this album by accident and loved it so I ordered the cd. Love every song on it. Why have I not heard of this lady before?
Published 11 months ago by reader
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this album
Laura has an excellent voice and all the songs makes me feel like having a great day. this was a gift for my wife, I bought this album twice since we lost the first one
Published 18 months ago by Omar
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I can't wait until Laura Izibor's CD comes out!!
Wow, when did this new girl pop out? I'm checking out the
clips and looks like we finally have a fresh new artist with
a great, down to earth soulful old school sound. It even
reminds me a little of Alicia Keys. Thanks for your recommendation!
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