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Nothing But the Truth
Son Seals
Nothing But the Truth
Genres: Blues, Pop
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The dramatic authority of Son Seals's guitar runs and gloriously gruff singing voice are well-displayed on his seventh recording for Alligator, issued in 1994. But this time around, the gritty musical excitement generated ...  more »


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All Artists: Son Seals
Title: Nothing But the Truth
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Alligator Records
Release Date: 7/26/1994
Genres: Blues, Pop
Styles: Chicago Blues, Electric Blues, Modern Blues
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 014551482222, 014551482246

The dramatic authority of Son Seals's guitar runs and gloriously gruff singing voice are well-displayed on his seventh recording for Alligator, issued in 1994. But this time around, the gritty musical excitement generated so naturally by the former drummer is undermined by the crisp soul-blues inflections of his accompanists, including two horn players from his band then, and by '90s production touches. After honing his fluent style in two decades as a leading exponent of Chicago blues, the transition to a contemporary blues sound isn't all that smooth. The heart-wrenching tone of his guitar and the plaintive edge to his voice make "I'm Gonna Take It All Back" stand as one of his deepest, ah, most truthful originals ever, canceling any need for Tony Z's thick organ chords and John Randolph's rhythm guitar filigrees. Still, a flawed Son Seals album is better than the best from most modern blues artists. --Frank-John Hadley

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Great Blues, great CD!
Rolltide | Columbia, Tn | 05/01/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Let's see, blues is my favorite music and son seals is my favorite blues artist? It always bothers me a little seeing some of the professional reviews of son's work. They always emphasize the energy and power of his music but never seem to appreciate the subtlety and artistry of his music. Son's music has a nice melodic feel to it. Nothing cliche about it and it nevers gets old or stale. Listen to "good woman bad" or "Can't hear nothing but the blues". In the later cut son sings "what a beautiful memory of them" refering to his parents. The former song includes some great supportive horn work and a nice sax solo. I also think this man has a under appreciated voice. It's not just the "blood curdling intensity" that is stated on back of this CD. Son's voice evokes emotion and complexity. The best cut on the CD is #4, "I'm gonna take it all back". That's one of the best songs you will ever hear! The guitar notes seem to fly off in to space only to be reeled back in only to be let loose again. What i love about son's solos is that he never loses touch with the song melody. Everything fits. I love "life is hard" and "tough as nails". Both are spirited songs with a similar theme. "The wind might try and knock me down but i'm as tough as nails". #7 "your friends is one of my least favorite songs on the cd(i still love it) but i do love the guitar at the beginning and the solo.I was pleasantly surprised to see that some reviewers considered this to not be son's best work. That means there are plenty more great CDs from him out there. I own each of the live CDs from him, "live and burning" and "spontaneous conbustion". Only the late luther allison plays with as much power and intensity. I love those CDs to death but i seem to listen to this even more.This is great music! The muscianship is solid all the way through.(Particularly david russell's drums) They call it the blues but it sure makes me happy..................socks"
Excellent material&band. A perfect example of great Blues.
Docendo Discimus | 04/11/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Son Seals never fails to satisfy. This is a great album of Blues executed with feeling & soul. You won't find anything better......"
Hideous cover art, excellent album. 4 1/2 stars
Docendo Discimus | Vita scholae | 02/27/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"One of the ugliest covers on any blues record for sure, but "Nothing But The Truth" is nevertheless one of Frank "Son" Seals' best records.
He sings with tremendous power and conviction on up-tempo songs like "Adding Up", "Little Sally Walker" and the swaggering, throat-shredding R&B-number "Life Is Hard", and croons soulfully on the slowies "Good Woman Bad" and "I Can't Hear Nothing But The Blues". I can't help but wish that the Toys r' Us-like organ on "Good Woman Bad" in particular had been thrown out the window and replaced by a meaty horn riff like the one on "Adding Up", but hey - you can't have it all, I guess.

Son Seals plays gritty, muscular lead guitar on almost every song, and he pays tribute to influences Albert King and Hound Dog Taylor on "I Can't Hear Nothing But The Blues" and "Sadie" respectively, and tosses off the boogiest self-penned song of his career with the rollicking "Frank and Johnnie".
If you like Son Seals, this one is a must-have. It ranks easily among his three best records (along with "Midnight Son" and his debut album, "The Son Seals Blues Band").
4 1/2 stars - highly recommended."