Artist: Band: Trueheart
Album: The Road
Genre: Adult Contemporary
Production/Musicianship Grade: 10/10
Commercial Value: 10/10
Overall Talent Level: 10/10
Performance Skill: 10/10
Best Songs: Lay Me Down, Stay Right Here, King's Horses
Trueheart is a unique band in todayís music world. They are not only acknowledging the soft rock of the 70s, but they are also reinventing it with a contemporary twist. If you like feel good music along the lines of Dan Fogelberg, Seals & Crofts, America, or Bread, this will be right up your alley.
What hits you right away from the very first track, Still Time, are the tight, dense harmonies of no less than four vocalists. You just donít hear that anymore. Many bands have trouble finding one person who can carry a tune.
As a singer myself, I appreciated Ross Vickís simple vocal style too. It is clear, unaffected, and perfect for this style of music. I donít know if he listened to a lot of the Moody Blues, but I definitely got a Justin Hayward vibe. Just listen to how he sings the chorus of Stay Right Here and you will see what I mean.
The production is excellent as well. Gary Leach gives us a clear, full sounding record that just jumps out of your speakers effortlessly.
There are many radio ready songs on this CD. From a glance at their website, www.truehearttexas.com, I see that Plan For Peace and The Road are already climbing the charts as we speak.
Donít be scared away by the soft rock label though. Lay Me Down and Where Are You? will get you up and dancing with some nice lead guitar work and there is a jazzy/funky vibe on My Time that reminded me of early Moxy Fruvous.
Iím looking forward to hearing more from Trueheart in the future.