Theory of a Deadman, "The Truth Is..."

65 Billboard Rating

The members of Theory of a Deadman, especially frontman/chief songwriter Tyler Connolly, aren't a particularly happy bunch on their fourth studio album--it's clear from such song titles as "Love Is Hell," "Drag Me to Hell" and "Bitch Came Back." But the Canadian quartet has a good time being in a bad mood; the cheerful disposition of "Easy to Love You" almost sounds like a trick. And there are certainly smiles to be had as the group grouses its way through some of the most ambitiously arranged and melodically polished tunes it has released to date. Horns put a bit of pumping propulsion behind the hard-rocking "Bitch Came Back" and "Gentlemen" (the latter a celebration of the slovenly), while strings bring an epic swell to "Hurricane" as Connolly wallows through the pain of another lost love. The rootsier hangover lament "What Was I Thinking" finishes with a banjo flourish, and the taunting title track--subtitled "I Lied About Everything"--starts with a Caribbean canter before kicking into rock gear. It's Theory's most distinctive album yet.

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