The Truth About Us

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
With a comfortable vocal rasp that's reminiscent of such seminal troubadours as John Prine and Guy Clark, former Haynes Boys leader Tim Easton details disintegrating relationships and sad affairs with conversational intimacy on his second solo release The Truth About Us, which mixes introspective acoustic picking, chiming electric chords, a bit of swamp-blues, and the occasional Hammond B-3, with impressive and evocative results. From their images of the departing woman who "stepped on the pedal/like it was his heart" in "Out of Your Life" to the restless man who's "a shadow but he wants to be real" in "Get So Lonesome," Easton's songs resonate with all manner of ...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
With a comfortable vocal rasp that's reminiscent of such seminal troubadours as John Prine and Guy Clark, former Haynes Boys leader Tim Easton details disintegrating relationships and sad affairs with conversational intimacy on his second solo release The Truth About Us, which mixes introspective acoustic picking, chiming electric chords, a bit of swamp-blues, and the occasional Hammond B-3, with impressive and evocative results. From their images of the departing woman who "stepped on the pedal/like it was his heart" in "Out of Your Life" to the restless man who's "a shadow but he wants to be real" in "Get So Lonesome," Easton's songs resonate with all manner of heartache and self-recrimination. But the artist's easygoing melodies and rootsy arrangements temper the melancholy lyrical themes, and the organic instrumental support of moonlighting Wilco members Jay Bennett, Ken Coomer, and John Stirratt underlines the melodic accessibility of Easton's tunes. Multi-instrumentalist Bennett earns MVP status here, adding imaginative colors to each song - for example, the Byrdsy 12-string on "Happy Now," and soulful keyboards and feedback-laden guitar on "Soup Can Telephone Game Conversation."
All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Having recorded one album with the Haynes Boys on Slab and a solo album in 1998 Special 20 on his own Heathen label, singer/songwriter Tim Easton comes of age here with a mature, affecting, and charmingly eclectic solo turn for the more established but still scrappy New West label. It's a great achievement. His sound draws deeply on rootsy Americana, with acoustic slide guitar and twangy pedal steel emerging occasionally from the background and upright bass holding things down below. The presence of several members of Wilco contributes to the generally rootsy feel, too. But there are anomalies that keep the proceedings from sounding too traditional: the occasional Mellotron, for instance, or the weird gurgling synthesizer that opens "Soup Can Telephone Conversation," or the Casiotone beatbox that accompanies the acoustic guitar and pedal steel on "I Would Have Married You." Easton's voice is pleasantly ragged, and his lyrical sentiments are soft-hearted without being soft-headed. The songs grow on you; by the fourth time through this album, you'll be anxiously awaiting the next one.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/23/2001
  • Label: New West Records
  • UPC: 607396602322
  • Catalog Number: 6023
  • Sales rank: 367,185

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tim Easton Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Ted Hutt Loops
Technical Credits
Joe Chiccarelli Producer
Mike Hagler Engineer
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Tim Easton Composer
J.P. Olsen Composer
Cameron Strang Arranger
J.P. Olsen Composer
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