Since the beginning of 2009 I've had a lot of homegrown independent American rock bands cross my review desk. By far, Nashville's Cold Truth is one of the best. Do Whatcha Do, their first album since 2003, is a brilliant collection of blues laced, southern tinged, melodic hard rock.
Cold Truth is also a bit old school with a sound that dates them 30 years. But that is a very good thing: think early Bad Company made crisper and more invigorating for the new millennium. Vocalist Thane Shearon has that earthy and raspy delivery that would make Paul Rodgers blush for joining Queen. But Cold Truth is the real deal, and their style of music should never go out of style.
Do Whatcha Do do is thick with strong riffs, versatile vocal performances and arrangements, creative guitar solos, and a deep, resonant rhythm section. All this is within well built song compositions which upstart and mature bands alike long for. Oh yeah, Cold Truth knows how to turn a lyric, too. The words are coherent, intelligent and quite often create magnificent audio visualizations as on 'Shakedown.' (Maybe that comes from being in Nashville where good song writers abound.)
Musically, don't fret or be put off by the whole southern or Nashville motif. Cold Truth is not twangy, cookie cutter, next-big-Nashville-corporation thing that sucks the inspirational air out of a room. This is Allman Brothers through Black Crowes and on to Black Stone Cherry. When Cold Stone rocks, they rock: Diesel, Gimme Some, or Shakedown. When they want blues, you get the blues: Together, Light My Way, Peace With Me, or If That Ain't Enough. And it's all quite impressive: I'm a fan.
Cold Truth is another well kept American secret that should be shouted from the rooftops. Do Whatcha Do is great, blues rich, melodic hard rock that should not go unnoticed. Consider yourself a pauper if you do not find this excellent work. Highly recommended.
Cold Truth is another well kept American secret that should be shouted from the rooftops. Do Whatcha Do is great, blues rich, melodic hard rock that should not go unnoticed. Consider yourself a pauper if you do not find this excellent work. Very highly recommended!
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