by Karla Ash
About two decades ago you’d expect a band such as TrueHeart to be on a major label; their radio-friendly harmonies and classic-rock sensibilities would’ve easily found a home on AOR stations across the U.S. But as the cliché goes, times do change. So what we have here is an independent group that, well, doesn’t come close to what you’d normally expect from such a term. Hailing from Texas, this is a band with a slightly country feel, more Urban Cowboy than Hee Haw. Overall, the group is closer to acoustic pop, but my inability to successfully categorize them just shows you how diverse they are.
So much of today’s rock & roll wants to either punch you in the gut or freak you out, but not this band. No, they’re made from a different yolk. This is a family unit (two brothers and one sister form the core of the group), and their music is similarly tailored to a general audience. And while that might not seem hip enough for the Batman attired set, they will eventually discover that these songs will have more longevity than any suicide commando with spiked hair. Honey-warm melodies abound, especially in “Ain’t Life Great,” and “Take Life” eases the stress of hellish workdays. There’s not a filler track on the entire CD, echoing the band’s LP inspirations, back in the day when albums actually meant something.
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