Let the Truth Be Told

Let the Truth Be Told

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by Laura Izibor
     
 

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Heralded as a prodigious talent in her teens, Laura Izibor has spent the better part of the past four years being groomed for success. The official line is that it's been time well spent perfecting her long-awaited debut statement to the world, but, given that much of the music herein has been floating around in some capacity for the better part of two years, the… See more details below

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Heralded as a prodigious talent in her teens, Laura Izibor has spent the better part of the past four years being groomed for success. The official line is that it's been time well spent perfecting her long-awaited debut statement to the world, but, given that much of the music herein has been floating around in some capacity for the better part of two years, the delay seems to result from uncertainty over how to market her: as a classic soul singer in the Aretha Franklin vein, or a contemporary R&B hitmaker in the Alicia Keys mold. In truth, the conflict is never really resolved, and it leaves somewhat of a sour taste in the mouth, for Let the Truth Be Told could have been much, much more. It starts brightly, literally, with the ebullient opener, "Shine," an uplifting horn-infused number with a soaring and infectious chorus, the kind they're not supposed to make anymore. And she's equally adept at more introspective tones -- in truth, she's in her element. Izibor's songwriting prowess comes to bear on tracks like "Mmm...," which she has the confidence to arm with nothing more than a hummed chorus, and the vulnerable/confrontational "Don't Stay," during which she boasts: "Don't stay, if you don't wanna stay/Baby I'll be OK/Believe me when I say, 'I'm gonna be alright.'" This ability to change roles and switch styles is Let the Truth Be Told's most endearing feature, but it's not without its drawbacks. The comparisons with Keys are by no means unjustified: both combine vocal dexterity with instrumental (piano, in both cases) prowess, but while Keys' mix of soul and hip-hop is well studied and refined, Let the Truth Be Told often feels like an attempt to shoehorn her way into a genre she's not quite prepared for. Witness the irritating glitch vocal samples that litter the otherwise impressive "From My Heart to Yours," or the clumsy, overly simplistic beats that pepper the likes of "I Don't Want You Back" and "Perfect World." These are not chronic problems, but they do take the shine off an otherwise solid debut for a promising young singer.

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Editorial Reviews

Vibe
...a marvel – (Izibor’s) killer voice slicing through a passel of breezy R&B.
The Guardian
Full of the kind of catchy tunes that usually mean a record label has spent a mint on expensive writers and producers, but the writing is all her own work. Her lyrics are more intelligent than your average 21-year-old’s, more sophisticated young woman than gobby teen.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/16/2009
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678989926
catalogNumber:
512240
Rank:
70743

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Performance Credits

Laura Izibor   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Marva Hicks   Background Vocals
Scott Jacoby   Organ,Bass,Drums,Clavinet,Wurlitzer
Jack Daley   Bass
Paul Bryan Farr   Guitar
Tyrone Johnson   Bass,Guitar
Joseph Joubert   Organ,Piano
Zev Katz   Bass
Billy Jay Stein   Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Clare Raybould   Strings
Darius de Haas   Background Vocals
Jo Archard   Strings
Steve Lunt   Percussion,Shaker
Andre Bowman   Bass
Cora Venus Lunny   Violin,Viola
Mark Crown   Brass
Jarrett Boyd   Background Vocals
Jong On Oakki Lau   Strings
Saunders Sermons   Trombone
John Ellis and His SDB   Keyboards
Gavin Ralston   Guitar

Technical Credits

Scott Jacoby   Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,drum programming
Larry Gold   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Joseph Joubert   Arranger
Billy Jay Stein   Engineer
Tom Coyne   Mastering
Ciaran Byrne   Engineer
Craig Kallman   Executive Producer
Christopher "Tricky" Stewart   Producer
Darren Lewis   Programming
Michael McElroy   Choir Arrangement
P. Magnet   Contributor
Steve Lunt   Producer,Executive Producer,String Arrangements
Ken McHugh   Vocal Engineer
Mark "Exit" Goodchild   Engineer
Graham Dominy   Engineer
Iyiola Babalola   Programming
Joi L. Pitts   Marketing
Brian Ranney   Package Production
Rachelle Dupéré   Art Direction
Laura Izibor   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,String Arrangements
Peter "Real Strings" Whitfield   String Arrangements
Gavin Ralston   Programming,Engineer
Chris Stang   Marketing
Rob Gold   Art Manager

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