This CD *truly* merits five stars
(5 out of 5 stars)
"By the third song of my first listening of Truth Decay, I was a T-Bone Burnett fan for life. He seems to be using his musical genius (yes! genius is not an over statement) these days as a producer. If you want to hear him in his full song-writing, playing and producing glory, this is the album. I must have listened to this album a hundred times! I'm not kidding when I say that it is so superbly crafted that not a single rim shot is out-of-place. It's truly a masterpiece, even if unknown to the general public. T-Bone seems to remain a musician's musician. He probably made a good career move into producing, where he seems to be widely appreciated. Start studying the liner notes of your CDs and you'll discover what a contribution he has made to the music industry. I love the guy!"
The only crime...
Earl B | Auckland New Zealand | 01/08/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"... is that T-Bone's later album "Proof Through The Night" is not available on CD ... (UPDATE in 2008 ... yes it is ... in a limited edition of 5,000 ... and I've got one!) So I have to restrict myself to four stars on this one, because for me "Proof Through The Night" has the edge. If you need any other proof of T-Bone's genius, check out the CD or DVD of Roy Orbison's "Black and White Night" where he was the musical director. Enjoy."
4 1/2 Stars: One of His Best
D.C. Hanoy | Athens, Georgia | 06/27/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"T-Bone Burnett released Truth Decay for John Fahey's Takoma Records, his first solo effort since 1972. Burnett delivers a collection of parables, tales, and personal struggles propelled by his strong beliefs and some captivating roots rock. "Quicksand," with a rhythm reminiscent of "Ring of Fire," opens the proceedings with a word of caution, and from there Burnett takes you through scenes of international affairs, betrayal, pure and untamed love, need, greed, and resolution. Songs such as "Talk Talk Talk Talk Talk," "Boomerang," and "Love at First Sight" couple sophisticated lyrical content with the simplest of materials (rockabilly, blues, folk, and country), as does the album's best cut, the bare-bones "House of Mirrors," a spoken, state-of-the-times parable in which the protagonist's fate is summed up in a wonderful historical reference. This, along with his passion and reverence for the music - as well as a willingness to subvert it if necessary - keeps him from coming across as retro or revivalist. Aside from the more complex material here, Burnett also proves to be equally adept at a more direct lyrical approach. Whereas in the past he would tend to lean toward the abstract, much of Truth Decay, with songs such as "Come Home," "Power of Love," and "Tears Tears Tears," owe as much to the eloquent simplicity of Hank Williams, Buddy Holly, and Willie Dixon as it does to Dylan. Removed from the big label, budget, and expectations of the Alpha Band, T-Bone Burnett produced a modest, passionate gem. - by Brett Hartenbach, AMG