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Something old -Something New
on 13 July 2011
Well Well Well,
Canada's best kept musical secret returns for a forth outing.
To cut straight to the point, if you liked "Scars and Souvenirs", you'll like " The Truth Is...".
However, if you are a fan of Theory's earlier material then you may find some of this a little hard to swallow.
After Theory recorded their début album, they changed producer. He wanted to take the band in a new direction. From a musical point of view, he saw the first record as being too muddy because of the super-detuned guitars. Theory originally did this to accommodate Tyler's range and vocals. With the new direction, Tyler was forced to learn how to sing all over again. This made all the subsequent albums more bright and vibrant, but they also lost some of that mean southern rock sound that had been so addictive previously.
So, while I fully understand that bands/musicians evolve and grow over time meaning that not every album they record will sound the same, I do wish that there was maybe one less ballad and 1 more balls to the wall song like "Nothing can come between us" or "Say Goodbye" The biggest plus is Tyler has become a much better word-smith, meaning his lyrics are much more meaningful, and in some cases, much more humerus (the title track being a prime example!)
A good record, and one that will undoubtedly go on to be their biggest commercial success, however be warned; for better or worse, this is nothing really like the old Theory Of A Deadman