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The Truth IS Told...
on September 26, 2003
What could be, quite possibly the best CD of 2003, could also go quite unnoticed. Debuting at number 147 on the Billboard Charts, it's a shame more people didn't stick around with Blues Traveler after the release of "Four" almost some 10 years ago. This CD marks the official "new lineup" for the band (adding Ben Wilson on keyboards and Tad Kinchla replacing the great Bobby Sheehan on bass).
"Truth Be Told," the follow up to 2001's "Bridge" is an amazing listen from front to back - a true epiphany for a band who seemed to be in the 'rebuilding stage' in recent years.
The CD opens with "Unable To Get Free," where a Pink Floyd-esque sway compliments John Popper's harmonica stylings (which throughout this CD seem less the forefront of the music compared to earlier releases). "Free" is followed up by the bluesy "Eventually (I'll Come Around)" and then by, what could possibly be Are You Blue's song of the year, "Sweet And Broken." This track is an amazing song with a "Hook"-like quality (their 2nd hit from "Four"). The harmony-laden sing-a-long chorus is accompanied by beautiful lyrics that seem to be a staple of Popper throughout the CD.
Other standout tracks include the infectious "Let Her And Let Go" where popper laments "It's easy to remember, but it's better to forget, you never get the one you dream of, you get to dream with the one you get," and the jumping upbeat rhythm of "Thinnest of Air." Rounding out the CD is "Partner In Crime" a upbeat rocker that shows BT has much more to offer then one would imagine.
I would recommend this CD to anyone and everyone. It's not often a band releases a CD that is worth what Record Stores charge now-a-days, but "Truth Be Told" is worth every cent and then some. Blues Traveler is back and better then ever, and I truly hope more people pick up this CD. Those who don't are certainly missing out.