The Cold Hard Truth

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
His near-fatal auto accident early in 1999 preempted COLD HARD TRUTH, but it couldn't keep George Jones down. This album is going to stand as a monument in Jones's overwhelming catalogue, a fact evident from the first mournful notes he sings in the autobiographical opener, "Choices." It's a quiet, touching bit of owning-up that would be hard to take if it weren't so downright beautiful. Then, as you're waiting to exhale, Jones lays on the heartbreak again with the title song: He sings as his own conscience, cataloguing the selfish deeds that cost him a good woman's love and, in effect, a future. Tough stuff -- and Jones's reading cuts to the bone. This TRUTH gets colder ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
His near-fatal auto accident early in 1999 preempted COLD HARD TRUTH, but it couldn't keep George Jones down. This album is going to stand as a monument in Jones's overwhelming catalogue, a fact evident from the first mournful notes he sings in the autobiographical opener, "Choices." It's a quiet, touching bit of owning-up that would be hard to take if it weren't so downright beautiful. Then, as you're waiting to exhale, Jones lays on the heartbreak again with the title song: He sings as his own conscience, cataloguing the selfish deeds that cost him a good woman's love and, in effect, a future. Tough stuff -- and Jones's reading cuts to the bone. This TRUTH gets colder and harder as it goes along -- "Our Bed of Roses" will get the tears flowing, too -- but Possum leavens the noir with some good-time, up-tempo frolics, chief among them being Mark Collie and Dean Miller's instant dance-hall classic, "Ain't Love a Lot Like That," complete with Brent Mason's twangy guitar, Hargus "Pig" Robbins's rinky-tink piano, and Paul Franklin's feisty pedal-steel commentary. But oh, those tearjerkers. Cold, hard, but priceless.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Touted as George Jones' return to hardcore country, Cold Hard Truth -- the Possum's first record for the revitalized Asylum Records -- certainly does achieve that goal. Under the guidance of producer Keith Stegall, Jones returns to the sound of his classic Mercury and UA recordings, meaning that there's nothing but honky tonk ballads and ravers throughout. Impressively, Stegall made sure that Jones didn't take the easy way out: there are no covers or superstar duets, just strong new songs. And, unlike almost any of Jones' previous albums, there's not a single novelty or throwaway. In short, it's the album hardcore fans have said they've always wanted Jones to make. Like most realized fantasies, Cold Hard Truth doesn't quite live up to the imagination, yet it still delivers enough that it isn't a disappointment. Much of the credit must be given to Stegall; his production may be a bit too clean and echo-laden, but he made a wise move in adhering to simple, traditional instrumentation and guiding Jones toward a great set of songs. George sounds terrific, not necessarily better than on his latter-day MCA records, but the strength of the material makes it seem so. For all of its virtues, there's a curious distance on Cold Hard Truth, possibly because it's too careful in both its song selection, and there's no grit in the production. Silly songs and rushed performances always gave Jones' albums character, and it's hard not to miss that reckless spirit on Cold Hard Truth, no matter how good the music is. But ultimately, such complaints amount to nitpicking. There's little question that Cold Hard Truth boasts the finest set of songs Jones has had in nearly two decades, and he delivers the performances they deserve. It's refreshing to finally hear a Jones album that holds up from beginning to end.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/22/1999
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • UPC: 075596236829
  • Catalog Number: 62368
  • Sales rank: 13,024

Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Jones Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Patty Loveless Background Vocals
John Wesley Ryles Background Vocals
Eddie Bayers Drums
Stuart Duncan Fiddle
Paul Franklin Steel Guitar
Vince Gill Background Vocals
Owen Hale Drums
Larry Marrs Background Vocals
Brent Mason Electric Guitar
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Piano
Bruce Watkins Acoustic Guitar
Glenn Worf Bass
Technical Credits
John Kelton Engineer
Keith Stegall Producer
Steve Crowder Engineer
Michael Hagewood Art Direction
Evelyn Shriver Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Bill Yates Composer
Mike Curtis Composer
Hank Williams Mastering
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