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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Otis Taylor can make people nervous. His take on the blues is defiant, angry, aggressive, and confrontational, owing as much to Peter Tosh as Charley Patton. Although he carries the dust of 1920s country blues in his mostly acoustic songs, his railings against social injustices are thoroughly contemporary. Taylor is an often pedantic songwriter, but he pulls it off by sheer bravado and conviction, and like a driver who blows through a stop sign, he's sure about where he's going. Truth Is Not Fiction follows the template of his previous three albums, with no drums the rhythm comes from the sheer propulsion of Taylor's guitar, banjo, and mandolin playing and a sort of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Otis Taylor can make people nervous. His take on the blues is defiant, angry, aggressive, and confrontational, owing as much to Peter Tosh as Charley Patton. Although he carries the dust of 1920s country blues in his mostly acoustic songs, his railings against social injustices are thoroughly contemporary. Taylor is an often pedantic songwriter, but he pulls it off by sheer bravado and conviction, and like a driver who blows through a stop sign, he's sure about where he's going. Truth Is Not Fiction follows the template of his previous three albums, with no drums the rhythm comes from the sheer propulsion of Taylor's guitar, banjo, and mandolin playing and a sort of Appalachian griot approach to things. One of the highlights is the strange Russian blues complete with cello of "House of the Crosses," a perfect example of Taylor's mix of rustic themes with cosmopolitan purposes. The full speed ahead rhythm banjo on "Babies Don't Lie" drills into your head like a freight train, and the ante is upped with double-barrelled banjos in both channels on "Shakie's Gone," making Taylor sound at times like Richie Havens on steroids. The album closer, a gut-bucket cover of the Big Joe Williams classic "Baby, Please Don't Go," seems oddly stuck in low gear, but overall Truth Is Not Fiction works well. Given his agenda, Taylor isn't for everyone, but he brings a fresh approach and a welcome shot in the ass to contemporary blues.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2003
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408358722
  • Catalog Number: 83587
  • Sales rank: 28,244

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rosa, Rosa (3:32)
  2. 2 Kitchen Towel (4:26)
  3. 3 Comb Your Brown Hair (3:32)
  4. 4 Babies Don't Lie (3:56)
  5. 5 Be My Frankenstein (4:46)
  6. 6 House of the Crosses (4:05)
  7. 7 Past Times (4:13)
  8. 8 Shakie's Gone (3:38)
  9. 9 Be My Witness (4:27)
  10. 10 Nasty Letter (5:08)
  11. 11 Walk on Water (5:45)
  12. 12 Baby, Please Don't Go (2:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Otis Taylor Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Harmonica, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Vocals, spanish guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Electric Banjo
Kenny Passarelli Bass, Piano, Keyboards
Eddie Turner Guitar
Donna Concha Sounds
Ben Sollee Cello
Cassie Taylor Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Kenny Passarelli Arranger, Producer
Mark Derryberry Engineer
Tim Stroh Engineer
Len Irish Cover Photo
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Otis Taylor Sings'The Fire This Time'

    Otis Taylor takes his anger and pain and turns it into transcendent art. Whether honoring Rosa Parks or keeping alive the Stagalee myth of a murdering father, Taylor never fliches from the truth of the African-American experience. In doing so, he and his near-perefect band mates (led by Eddie Turner, who will blow you away), this album is as good as John Lee Hooker's Don't Look Back. My wife and I heard them live in a small cafe in Rosendale; he played a ten minute trance blues number not yet recorded that is the best blues song I've herad in years. (Plus his beautiful daughter's got a voice near heaven!)

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