True Reflections

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On his first effort outside the confines of the Dave Matthews Band, violinist Boyd Tinsley doesn't stray too far from that combo's sound, largely maintaining the acoustic textures and breezy vibe. Tinsley doesn't go out of his way to make the disc a showcase for his instrument, either, preferring to concentrate on a mellow songcraft that -- especially on burnished, soul-tinged tunes such as "Show Me" and "It's Alright" -- evokes memories of such gently rootsy forebears as Pure Prairie League, Wet Willie, or in their quieter moments the Allman Brothers. He kicks things up a notch here and there, particularly on the album-closing title track, which builds from a spare ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
On his first effort outside the confines of the Dave Matthews Band, violinist Boyd Tinsley doesn't stray too far from that combo's sound, largely maintaining the acoustic textures and breezy vibe. Tinsley doesn't go out of his way to make the disc a showcase for his instrument, either, preferring to concentrate on a mellow songcraft that -- especially on burnished, soul-tinged tunes such as "Show Me" and "It's Alright" -- evokes memories of such gently rootsy forebears as Pure Prairie League, Wet Willie, or in their quieter moments the Allman Brothers. He kicks things up a notch here and there, particularly on the album-closing title track, which builds from a spare intro to a rousing crescendo, led by the horns of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Matthews himself adds vocals to that cut, his trademark reediness a nice contrast to Tinsley's gruff-but-amiable baritone. True Reflections could do with a bit more variety -- a stripped-bare rendition of Neil Young's "Cinnamon Girl" provides a nice surprise near the halfway point -- but when it comes to setting a warm and affable groove, Tinsley's aim is most certainly true.
All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Considering that, as of mid-2003, violinist Boyd Tinsley had been the first member of the Dave Mathews Band to release a solo album, True Reflections is a remarkably low-key affair. Ballads dominate the program and even when Matthews himself makes a cameo appearance, along with a very subdued Dirty Dozen Brass Band on the title track, the groove stays bubbling under. Yet that is precisely the appeal of Tinsley's debut. Although he remains predominantly in a somber tone, these songs, all but one original, make the most of his dusky, unpretentious voice and organic compositions. Surprisingly, there are few places to showcase his extensive violin skills in these tightly constructed tunes. Rather, he prefers to keep the few solos short and sweet. On first listen the consistent vibe might seem bland, but after a few plays the songs kick in with subtle, flowing melodies and lazy hypnotic rhythms. "Show Me" features a gorgeous, near angelic vocal accompaniment from Toshi Reagon that, along with the ambling tempo, adds a dreamlike quality that is shared by most of these tracks. Lyrics don't stray far from love-lost/love-found variety, but they perfectly fit the melancholy melodies. Buffalo Springfield seems to be an influence, supported by Tinsley's somber cover of Neil Young's "Cinnamon Girl," which is less Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere than Harvest. He treats the track to an unexpectedly atmospheric rearrangement -- unique and oddly satisfying -- similar to the way he approaches the rest of this engaging debut solo release. In fact, "What a Time for Love" sounds eerily like a lost Young B-side from his Comes a Time period. Not just for Dave Matthews fans, who might find it too pensive and muted, True Reflections is a warm, poignant disc that improves with every spin.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/17/2003
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 828765263320
  • Catalog Number: 52633

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 It's Alright (4:59)
  2. 2 Show Me (4:28)
  3. 3 So Glad (3:59)
  4. 4 Listen (4:13)
  5. 5 Cause It's Time (3:34)
  6. 6 Long Time to Wait (5:33)
  7. 7 Perfect World (2:52)
  8. 8 Cinnamon Girl (3:12)
  9. 9 Run (5:27)
  10. 10 What a Time for Love (3:54)
  11. 11 True Reflections (5:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Boyd Tinsley Primary Artist, Violin, Vocals
Benjy King Acoustic Guitar, Hammond Organ, Percussion, Wurlitzer
Doyle Bramhall II Background Vocals, Guitar, Soloist
Lisa Germano Background Vocals
Corey Harris Background Vocals, Slide Guitar
Dave Matthews Background Vocals
Boots Ottestad Background Vocals
Toshi Reagon Background Vocals
Jeff Allen Bass
David Pitch Bass
Patrick Warren Celeste, chamberlain, Hammond Organ, Keyboards, Wurlitzer
J.J. Johnson Drums, Percussion
Espen Noreger Drums
Chris Bruce Guitar
Keith Mack Guitar
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band Horn
Dave Palmer Melodica, Piano, Pump Organ, Wurlitzer
Kevin Harris Saxophone
Roger Lewis Saxophone
Julius McKee Sousaphone
Sammie Williams Trombone
Efrem Towns Trumpet
Technical Credits
Craig Street Arranger, Producer
Thane Kerner Art Direction
Stephen Harris Engineer
S. "Husky" Hoskulds Engineer
Brandon Mason Engineer
Floyd Reitsman Engineer
Oliver Strauss Engineer
Espen Noreger Producer
Greg Calbi Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Disappointment

    I am a HUGE Dave Matthews Band Fan and believe Boyd Tinsley is an outstanding violin player. Therefore, I was very excited to learn about his new cd 'True Reflections.' The CD has only a few violin solos. In addition Boyd had the same voice and rhythm in 90% of the songs. It was a waste of time and money. I could not even listen to the whole CD; it made me sick.

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