Theory of a Deadman "The Truth Is…" Album Review — 4 out of 5 stars
Mon, 18 Jul 2011 06:34:01
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When did rock 'n' roll become humorless?
Back in the '80s, videos touted partying, scantily clad supermodels, and all of the necessary trappings of hedonism that made rock enjoyable and consequentially led to packed arenas and stadiums worldwide. Some might argue that the sense of humor was lost with the advent of grunge. However, that's not really the case. YouTube a couple of interviews with Kurt Cobain—he was sarcastic and utterly hilarious—or check out those old episodes of Headbangers Ball where Alice in Chains went to the water park and Soundgarden go bowling. Those dudes knew how to cut loose and have fun. Emo, screamo, post-hardcore or whatever the hell it's called on Facebook really killed that humor. The day the laughs in rock died were the day everyone became so self-important that social media stats and comments on Facebook pictures began to matter more than songwriting ability. Thankfully, with The Truth Is… Theory of A Deadman have crafted one of the best rock records, and it's also uproarious at all the right moments.
(Pun intended) The Truth Is... Theory of a Deadman remain one of the most infectious, invigorating, and incendiary modern rock bands out there. The album's opening track, "Lowlife", is an anthem for proud dirtbags everywhere. Dean Back's groovy bass slips into ear-catching guitar from Dave Brenner as the drums bounce with a stadium-ready stomp. Singer Tyler Connolly proudly proclaims, "I'm a lowlife and I'm loving it" on the song's massive refrain. However, the fun doesn't stop there. On the next number, "The Bitch Came Back", Connolly writes about his ex returning over a nursery rhymes-style melody. "No matter what I do somehow it's always my fault," he slyly sings. Every guy in America has felt that way at some point, and Connolly invokes a chant that's not only funny, but cleverly cathartic.
At the same time, Connolly pens some of the band's deepest cuts. "Hurricane" builds from a calculated verse into an evocative chorus, while the record's closer "We Were Men" functions as an epic final tribute to the military complete with a roaring guitar solo salute. However, in terms of big ballads, nothing quite compares to the aptly titled "Love Is Hell".
Laced with hilarious barbs and unforgettable choruses, The Truth Is... remains the only rock album you need this summer. You'll laugh and you'll feel better about that last horrible relationship. Theory of a Deadman stand ready for arenas and beyond, and that's the truth.
Have you heard The Truth Is… yet?