Payne Avenue

Payne Avenue

by Truman


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Payne Avenue

Truman's debut sounded a little like the kind of product that might have been submitted as the final exam to qualify for a graduate degree in a mid-2000, School of Rock singer/songwriter program: major label division. That's not meant as a compliment, but as a reflection of the pretty ordinary, sometimes bland album, which weaves Americana, alternative rock, and mainstream rock into nothing terribly special. Several of the affectations that mark this as very much an album of its time are evident: the vocal phrasing with tiny gulps and exhalations, the buildups from even-paced guitar rock to louder, fuzzier choruses, and the self-preoccupied, hard-luck lyrics. "Feeling like a drug store, looking like an old whore" goes the very first lyric of the opening track, and while not all of the imagery in the record is as downbeat as that by any means, much of the material has a slightly despondent, disconnected air. Occasionally this goes into mildly tough rock, but overall it's a record of unexceptional if tightly constructed songs, with slight traces of vintage singer/songwriters like Tom Petty and Elvis Costello. "Decide" stands out just a little for a more interesting melody than the rest, and "Just Wondering" is by far the punkiest of the lot.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/06/2004
Label: Geffen Records
UPC: 0602498619056
catalogNumber: 000213602

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Truman   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
John Fields   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Steve Gorman   Musician
Phil Solem   Musician
Noah Levy   Musician
Andrew Nicholas   Musician
Ken Chastain   Musician
Dorian Crozier   Musician
Curt Schneider   Musician
Marlon Young   Musician
Chris Lloyd   Musician
David Fischer   Musician
Billy Thommes   Musician
Jimmy Coup   Musician
Ameena Khawaja   Musician

Technical Credits

Dean DeLeo   Composer
John Fields   Composer,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Dan Wilson   Composer
Andrew Nicholas   Composer
Michael Burns   Executive Producer
Paul Falzone   Composer
Jordan Schur   Executive Producer
Dorian Crozier   Composer
Chris Lloyd   Composer
Jason Harter   Art Direction
Truman   Composer,String Arrangements

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