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Truth of Fiction
Truth of Fiction
April 2002
Released: 2002, Lion Music
Rating: 5.0/5
Reviewer: Keith McDonald

It seems it’s come a time where the music industry has become very stale. It happens every few years when a certain genre of music is milked to the bone. It happened in the late 80’s and early 90’s with commercial rock and now is beginning to happen with the rap/metal genre as well. It usually changes for the better when a band comes along that just turns everybody upside down with their music. When this CD came across my desk I really didn’t run to my CD player to hear it, I figured I’d get around to it sooner or later. I’m glad I did. This disc is chuck full of well written melodic rock tracks. But it goes beyond that. This isn’t just another hop-on-the-bandwagon band that wants to make sure their songs get played on the radio. This is a band that follows their heart and writes great songs.

The album is strong and consistent all the way through, a rarity these days. You can hear and feel the polished songwriting talents of guitarist Eric Sands and singer Bennard Slaton. Spread A Little Love opens the album and gets the ball rolling. It’s the closet thing to a ballad on this record. You is the most commercially written song with its powerful chorus and strong harmonies. The CD carries on though with even better material. Spinning Sky is very well written as Live & Learn adds a little funk to the equation. Bennard’s vocals are reminiscent of a young Lenny Kravitz as showcased on tracks like Ride Ya and I Believe. He adds a soulful element that separates this band from the others out there today. The songs also range the spectrum of life experiences, giving meaning to their songs. They obviously don’t listen to the radio and write whatever seems to be happening at the moment, which is very refreshing in today’s music climate. Everywhere I Go is about Bennard’s son’s battle with Leukemia, White World/Black World touch on racial issues and House of Strange, the tale of a whore house. Nothing is left unturned. The lyrics are well thought out and at times challenge the listener as well as open their minds to what’s going on out there.

The musicianship is top notch. You can hear the influences of Vai, Sykes and Zakk Wylde in Eric’s guitar playing and the bombastic rhythm section provides the needed backbone for Bennard’s sweet vocals. The overall package is great. There’s the much-needed energy that seems to be lacking in today’s bands. Instead of turntables and mixing beats and samples like every other band out there, Truth of Fiction provide tasteful guitar playing that make good songs even better. It combines elements of Mr. Big, Living Colour and early Red Hot Chili Peppers. Do yourself a favor and pick up this CD, you won’t regret it.
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