Atlanta’s soulful rap fountain springs to life
This quintet from the little college town of Kennesaw, GA., is making quite a splash with its compelling urban feel and energetic, happy-go-lucky, soulful grooves. Destined to spread their musical wings and fly, The Truth has a likeable spontaneity all its own. With brewing fun and wit, Winging It is Georgia’s current premiere release assured of capturing attention.
With great gusto, its sonorous beats and haunting vocals mesmerize the senses, sweeping away all worries under this world’s chaotic feet with a golden broom. A mixture of jazz-like, rosy jam rhythms, complete with a tenor and a baritone, rapping on cue, create the perfect quintet to brighten listeners’ moods. Either during long, hot summer days, or getting through the ice and hail of a winter snowstorm, this group of troubadours is born to carry a message of peace and love with a tempo and lilt that guides the crowd to a sonic safe haven.
The Truth doesn’t deprive itself of expressing honest, heartfelt lyrics through wit and clarity. Vulnerable as its music sounds, the young group can be deemed as hopeful romantics, eager to play until the members receive their ticket to stardom’s musical paradise.
This four-song EP of The Truth is a perfect document of this group’s young career.
The level of maturity expressed through textures of instrumental color (violin, drums, bass, and guitars) brings out a flair and charm unparalleled in other Georgia bands. It should be well-noted that their confidence soars throughout, and it’s magnified in their electric performances live.
The finale, “Come Closer,” features more of the same: alluring vocals, great ambiance of notes, shimmering percussion, and lilting bass. The baritone and tenor voices of the two front-men shine through on the recording and amplify further on stage.
The album is dense with intricate work and well-constructed arrangements. Polished to perfection in the production room, The Truth’s ability to skip the beat with accents and off- time signatures makes this group’s music more enjoyable. (self-titled)
-Shawn M. Haney