3 Chords & the Truth
by Katie Sauro
Singer-songwriter Anthony David’s debut album, 3 Chords & the Truth, is a mix of blues and soul for the hip-hop generation. David blends acoustic guitar with urban rhythms and the deep, gritty voice of blues musicians of old, creating a smooth, refreshing sound.
Most of the songs on 3 Chords are slower acoustic numbers, like the opener, “Yes,” and “Believe Me,” but with a talented band, plenty of backing vocals, and an old soul sound, David keeps his songs from becoming overly-folky. The remainder of the album is replete with more upbeat rhythms, like “GA Peach,” a hip-hop tribute to the women of his home state of Georgia, the jazzy feel of “The Water/The Fire,” and the Marley-esque reggae duet, “50/50 Love.”
A highlight on the album is a moving track called, “Cheatin’ Man,” a solo song of self-reflection, guilt, and regret. It’s a soulful apology for the mistakes he’s made in the past and for those he will inevitably make in the future, not because he’s unwilling to change his ways, but because he’s human. “Even though I know that kinda thing ain’t right/I find myself caught up in lies/tryin’ to swim against the tide,” he sings.
The live track “Spittin’ Game” is another highlight, with funk and blues rhythms underlying beautiful, sensual vocals, making you want to close your eyes and lose yourself in the music.
David is a talented musician and songwriter, and 3 Chords is chock full of stunning music, but unfortunately is entirely too long, especially for a debut album, with a total of 16 tracks. The album could have done without the three remixes at the end. That seems to be the only problem, however, as the majority of the album is beautifully-written, beautifully-performed, and well worth a listen, especially if you’re a hip-hop fan looking for something less commercial and more powerful.