"Tim Easton has been making great music for years. However, his recent pairings with members of Wilco on this latest album may help him gain the base of fans his talent deserves. His lyrics are pure poetry, and the vocals are haunting. He has a timeless sound that cuts across generational lines and transcends typical labels attached to the "alt-country genre. It's the sort of cd that your friends will borrow and never return, so buy a copy for a friend too."
Listening Stations will be the death of me
Sarah Marinara | 03/19/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"When I can't think straight I go to a book/music store and wander. That is how I stumbled on this CD. I wandered into a listening station, picked up this CD, read the back cover and went straight to "I Would Have Married You"... the story of my life. I bought the CD for that song alone. The next day I drove the 100 miles to my mom and dad's house listening to this disk on repeat all the way there and all the way home. There is truth in Tim's words but more importantly in his voice. You can hear his soul in the voice that enters your ears like a scratchy whisper. This is a great disk... absolutly worth the [...]."
Songs of desperation never sounded so good.
Robert L. Furrer | El Paso, TX | 02/02/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If there's one thing Tim Easton has, it's insight into the human condition of longing and alienation within relationships. The songs are skillfully crafted and he sings with a voice that echoes of early Dylan. I must admit I purchased this album when I heard he was being backed by Wilco minus Jeff Tweedy,an incredible band in their own right; but Easton needs very little help as he sings about love that has gone awry and the consequences. This album sets a definitive mood throughout its 11 tracks and will stand the test of time better than most of the albums in your collection."
Tim takes his music to another dimension
Matthew Applegate | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania United States | 03/02/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've been a fan of Tim Easton's music for years. I've followed his career since his lead with the Haynes Boys while I lived in Columbus, Ohio where he got his start and watched him develope into an even better solo act. He always had the ability to draw in a crowd and mesmorize them. When I first picked up Truth About Us, I was slightly disappointed as I expected the songs to have more of that gritty, twangy feel that Special 20 so gracefully wore. But pay no mind, this album has Tim evolving into a true master of the song. Upon each listening, I found myself drawn deeper and deeper into his bittersweet lyrics and inventful song structure. Deceptively simple, each song slowly unveils layer upon layer of sweet sound, complements of Wilco on backup. Reminescent of the Beach Boys in feel but not structure or content, Truth... serves you soulful, sometimes sorrowful, lyrics coated in a sweet, gooey substance-something like Matthew Sweet at his best- in a cowboy hat. Special 20 will remain as one of my all-time favorites, but Truth... has carved out a different, but equal place in my heart. In hindsight, I would probably be a bit disappointed if Tim didn't go beyond the sound in Special 20. Unlike artists that search for a new sound deliberately to avoid being type cast, this disk is a natural evolutionary process. You must get it-and pickup Special 20 while your at it."
Definitely on his way
Alexander T Levine | PA, USA | 08/24/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I had never heard of this guy, until I saw him in Cleveland opening for the Cowboy Junkies. Accompanied only by the phenomenal Chris Burney on upright bass, he generated far more energy that the headliners, whom the audience had come to see. I bought the CD without a moment's thought, and was not disappointed. My fave: "Get Some Lonesome." Easton is the quintessential tunesmith. He has it all: melodic savvy, instrumental virtuosity, lyric sensitivity."