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Like It Is by Truth2tell

Cross Rhythms Rating: 5/10
CD: EP
Tags: Rock, CD, EP, Independent
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Five-track debut from a band of Bristol-based rockers.

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  1. 1. All God's Children
  2. 2. Ready
  3. 3. Eternity
  4. 4. Sing Now
  5. 5. Sonshyne
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5/10

Reviewed by Ian Hayter

Readers blessed with good (and fairly localised) memories may remember 1970s Christian rock band Transformer which included in its line-up bassist Dave Edwards. Well, Mr Edwards has teamed up with guitarist Jakey Graupner (of 1980s bands Charisma and Bluehorses) and drummer Dave Perry (also of Charisma) and friends Ewan Hackett and Steve Nuttall to form Truth2Tell, a band based in Bristol and performing locally in a variety of venues. They sound like a fairly average pub rock band with undoubtedly skilful musicians, in particular Graupner on the guitar. No doubt they're all pretty good, really, but somehow they don't seem to amount to the sum of their parts and the resulting five tracks on this mini-album leave the listener expecting more than they get. And the lyrics, which never quite match the standard of the music, occasionally descend to the most banal level of the language of Zion (check out "Sing Now"), with forced rhymes and some rather dodgy metres. The closing "Sonshyne" is especially gruesome ("I got Sonshyne/I got Sonshyne/I got Sonshyne/In my heart.") It's not badly produced - although the mix is a bit unbalanced in places.

Style: Rock
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 22705
Product Format: CD
Content Type: EP
Cat. Code: Independent T2TCD001
Items: 1
Release Date: 2006

Five-track debut from a band of Bristol-based rockers.

Posted by Tim B in Bristol at 19:40 on Feb 26 2007

I got this CD!!! it ROCKS!!!
looks like u got da cover the wrong way round tho


Posted by James in Didcot at 21:48 on Jul 16 2007

I'm guessing that Mr Hayter hasn't had the good fortune of seeing Truth2tell live. It's true that this mini-album doesn't show them at their best, but it was recorded some time ago and is more an accompaniment to their live set. I'd be hesitant to write off any new band when they're in the development stage - even the Beatles dropped some tremendous clangers on that first record. This is to all intents and purposes worship music, either for participation (Sing Now) or not (Eternity) - and this is reinforced when you see them perform. To therefore describe the lyrics as "the most banal level of the language of Zion" is not only unrelentingly harsh, it's also fundamentally misguided. A bit like saying that Give Me Joy In My Heart is a bit repetitive: technically accurate, but entirely missing the point.


Posted by Eddie in Hounslow at 19:24 on Jul 18 2007

Actually, the "banal level of the language of Zion" appears to be word for word taken from the book of Zephaniah (King James version)!!!
If a band is lifting lyrics verbatim from our Book of Life, then how can a Christian presume to slate what is, in effect, the Word of God? Shame that the purported negative aspects are glorified, because Truth2tell played their socks off for us last year, and are much better live, as the other letter says.


Posted by Heather in Bristol at 17:48 on Jul 30 2007

I have to say I don't agree with Mr Hayter's review. I love this CD as much as I love seeing Truth2tell performing live (I haven't missed a single gig as yet).I feel really uplifted when I listen to their album, in a way that I've never before experienced with Christian music. Both music and my faith are very important to me, and to have the two brought together by this band is truly amazing. I listen to their album so much, and I never get tired of hearing it. Thank you Truth2tell for a great CD!!















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