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Truth About Us

Tim EastonAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (January 23, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: New West Records
  • ASIN: B000056T6V
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343,586 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Half A Day
2. Carry Me
3. Downtown Lights
4. Get Some Lonesome
5. Happy Now
6. Bad Florida
7. Soup Can Telephone Game Conversation
8. Out Of Your Life
9. I Would Have Married You
10. When The Lights Went Out
11. Don't Walk Alone

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Tim Easton's second full-length solo disc is more than a realization of the potential suggested by his little-known back catalog (the solo Special 20 and the Haynes Boys' Guardian Angel). It's the emergence of a stunning young talent aided by a versatile veteran band. A litany of lost loves, broken promises, and persistent regrets are Easton's fodder, but feeling bad rarely sounded so good. Even his darkest tales are told through folk-pop that's bouncier than a bobble-head doll, courtesy of Wilco's Jay Bennett, Ken Coomer, and John Stirratt, who serve as the core of Easton's backing band throughout. And although their role is prominent, much of The Truth About Us sounds less like Wilco than a young Elvis (Costello, on "Happy Now") or Dylan (Jakob, on "I Would Have Married You"). At its very best, the disc shakes those echoes for a sound all its own, as in "Get Some Lonesome," when Easton's simple but evocative lyrics and modest, vaguely husky tenor seem to float above Bennett's whistling keyboard line. --Anders Smith-Lindall

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Songs of desperation never sounded so good. February 2, 2001
Format:Audio CD
If there's one thing Tim Easton has, it's insight into the human condition of longing and alienation within relationships. The songs are skillfully crafted and he sings with a voice that echoes of early Dylan. I must admit I purchased this album when I heard he was being backed by Wilco minus Jeff Tweedy,an incredible band in their own right; but Easton needs very little help as he sings about love that has gone awry and the consequences. This album sets a definitive mood throughout its 11 tracks and will stand the test of time better than most of the albums in your collection.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Do yourself a favor, buy this cd January 27, 2001
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Tim Easton has been making great music for years. However, his recent pairings with members of Wilco on this latest album may help him gain the base of fans his talent deserves. His lyrics are pure poetry, and the vocals are haunting. He has a timeless sound that cuts across generational lines and transcends typical labels attached to the "alt-country genre. It's the sort of cd that your friends will borrow and never return, so buy a copy for a friend too.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tim takes his music to another dimension March 2, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I've been a fan of Tim Easton's music for years. I've followed his career since his lead with the Haynes Boys while I lived in Columbus, Ohio where he got his start and watched him develope into an even better solo act. He always had the ability to draw in a crowd and mesmorize them. When I first picked up Truth About Us, I was slightly disappointed as I expected the songs to have more of that gritty, twangy feel that Special 20 so gracefully wore. But pay no mind, this album has Tim evolving into a true master of the song. Upon each listening, I found myself drawn deeper and deeper into his bittersweet lyrics and inventful song structure. Deceptively simple, each song slowly unveils layer upon layer of sweet sound, complements of Wilco on backup. Reminescent of the Beach Boys in feel but not structure or content, Truth... serves you soulful, sometimes sorrowful, lyrics coated in a sweet, gooey substance-something like Matthew Sweet at his best- in a cowboy hat. Special 20 will remain as one of my all-time favorites, but Truth... has carved out a different, but equal place in my heart. In hindsight, I would probably be a bit disappointed if Tim didn't go beyond the sound in Special 20. Unlike artists that search for a new sound deliberately to avoid being type cast, this disk is a natural evolutionary process. You must get it-and pickup Special 20 while your at it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely on his way August 24, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I had never heard of this guy, until I saw him in Cleveland opening for the Cowboy Junkies. Accompanied only by the phenomenal Chris Burney on upright bass, he generated far more energy that the headliners, whom the audience had come to see. I bought the CD without a moment's thought, and was not disappointed. My fave: "Get Some Lonesome." Easton is the quintessential tunesmith. He has it all: melodic savvy, instrumental virtuosity, lyric sensitivity.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Listening Stations will be the death of me March 19, 2003
Format:Audio CD
When I can't think straight I go to a book/music store and wander. That is how I stumbled on this CD. I wandered into a listening station, picked up this CD, read the back cover and went straight to "I Would Have Married You"... the story of my life. I bought the CD for that song alone. The next day I drove the 100 miles to my mom and dad's house listening to this disk on repeat all the way there and all the way home. There is truth in Tim's words but more importantly in his voice. You can hear his soul in the voice that enters your ears like a scratchy whisper. This is a great disk... absolutly worth the [...].
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Moving, Quirky, Dark January 17, 2002
By A Customer
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I bought this album after seeing him open for Lisa Loeb out in LA. Although the album doesn't match the humor and intensity of his live show, it's pretty damn good. His gravelly voice captures emotions well, and some of these songs stay with you. In particular, "Carry Me" and its weary lyricism...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not attached to hype March 31, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
What Tim Easton does that makes him special is get rid of any sort of alt country pigeonhole, while producing a timeless album. You know, the kind that isn't classified, but is just good. I reccommend this album to anyone who likes solid lyrics and haunting melodies that leave you impressed with the artistic heights he scales. And I love the last song, because I wish someone would sing it to me.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His Best Work To Date!!! May 2, 2004
By Mark
Format:Audio CD
Yep, this is his best work. Although it is more produced than any of his other discs(Break Your Mother's Heart, Special 20, They Will Bury You Ep) but none-the-less its the best. He is such a great singer/sonwriter, one of the best today and very underrated. Give this one a spin you'll be glad you did!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Tim Easton Review
I enjoy this album very much. It definitely helps me mellow out on my drives home. If you enjoy Tim Easton or folk music in general, I think that you will like this album.
Published on May 19, 2010 by K. M. McKenzie
5.0 out of 5 stars NICE.......VERY NICE.
Wilco is the Backup Band.

Very GOOD album.
You just can't go wrong with Tim's stuff.
Published on January 19, 2009 by Dano Maxwell
3.0 out of 5 stars The Truth About This Album
Tim Easton's "The Truth About Us" should have been a classic. A young, emerging singer/songwriter backed by the non-Jeff Tweedy members of Wilco--this should have been a... Read more
Published on March 31, 2003 by Brian D. Rubendall
5.0 out of 5 stars Its all about the lyrics... well... and the guitar too.
Tim Easton has a talent for capturing a moment in time and reducing it to just a few perfect words. He is able to pick an emotion a describe it the same way you'd tell a good... Read more
Published on January 2, 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Dissappointing
After hearing so many positive things about Tim Easton, I picked up this CD and gave it a listen. I find it completely underwhelming. Read more
Published on May 12, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this CD!
I've seen Tim several times live. He is excellent. If you like great singer/songerwriters you'll love Tim Easton. Trust me, he is that good. Read more
Published on March 2, 2002 by John J. Bilchak III
2.0 out of 5 stars What happened?
A major dissapointment after Special 20. Special 20 is on my top 10 all time best CD List. I'm afraid you've lost a lot more than your twang on this one, Tim. Read more
Published on February 11, 2001 by RICARDO GARDEAZABAL
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