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All Music Guide - Dave Donnelly
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Donnelly
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.
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.

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/16/2009
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678989926
  • Catalog Number: 512240
  • Sales rank: 17,957

Album Credits

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Laura Izibor

    absolutely loved this CD!!!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful music for the whole family

    My 3 year old daughter, 42 year old boyfriend, and 65 year old mom all love this CD. Inspirational lyrics and nice dancing rhythms.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    What A Treasure

    At first I thought she was Joss Stone, they have similiar sounds. She blew me away, this is a wonderfully creative and talented artist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Debut of the Year!

    Laura Izibor's Let The Truth Be Told ranks among recent debuts such as Jill Scott's "Who Is Jill Scott", Corrine Bailey Rae's self titled debut and Alicia Keyes's Songs In A Minor. Izibor is a confident, mature and soulful artist. She's also a truly gifted songwriter. Songs such as "Shine" and "MMMM" are a joy to hear. "The Worst Is Over" shows a young woman who's wise beyond her years and "I Don't Want You Back" shows an assertive and confident young woman. Her music is strong and soulful but also tender and sweet. Izibor is a true talent and thankfully she and her music have come to the states. I want to hear more from this wonderful young talent in the future. -BobsViews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Laura Izibor is great!

    Despite the sour review from the 'expert' I love this album. I got the chance to see Laura Izibor perform live in Paradiso, the rock temple in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and it rocked! She is vocally and musically very gifted and the album grows on you. Live she is fantastic with a great voice and very sexy stage presence.

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