Impossible Truth

  • Record Label: Merge
  • Release Date: Mar 19, 2013
Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 0 out of 20
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  1. May 28, 2013
    90
    This is a brilliant album created by a music virtuoso that will cement Tyler’s solo reputation earned from his 2010 debut, Behold the Spirit.
  2. Apr 23, 2013
    90
    Impossible Truth is among the year’s most vivid and evocative albums so far, revealing new and absorbing details with every listen.
  3. Uncut
    Mar 29, 2013
    90
    Impossible Truth says more with six strings than most records manage with a thousand words. [May 2013, p.79]
  4. Mar 22, 2013
    90
    Although he's stretching traditional, time-tested folk templates culled from around the world and back again, Tyler's vision is both distinctly American and deeply modern.
  5. Tunes are built slowly and satisfyingly, ebbing and flowing into oceans of ambient sound. Through these layers, though, shine frequent flashes of utter brilliance.
  6. Jun 10, 2013
    80
    This is all instrumental, and as in Billy Idol's haunting 'Eyes Without A Face' these are songs that say so much without ever saying a thing, piercing windows into the soul.
  7. Q Magazine
    May 13, 2013
    80
    It's possessed and peaceful at once, absorbing and wholly gorgeous. [Jun 2013, p.108]
  8. Apr 26, 2013
    80
    Impossible Truth feels like both an empirical observation and an epiphany, a glimpse of the glow behind the world itself.
  9. 80
    What William Tyler does is reach back into the past with complete honesty, and by doing so he’s able to create new and exciting sounds from the social, political and geographical changes of a particular period.
  10. The Wire
    Apr 24, 2013
    80
    With no lyrics to anchor their meaning, many songs here are infused with pathos and awe. [Apr 2013, p.57]
  11. Mojo
    Apr 10, 2013
    80
    Impossible Truth is an unusually articulate trip. [May 2013, p.85]
  12. Mar 29, 2013
    80
    This album is easily taken as it is, a good side portrait of the parts of America that are somewhat still in the throes of modernity (if we all aren’t to some degree).
  13. Mar 28, 2013
    80
    The Impossible Truth is more accessible than Behold the Spirit, but it is easily as adventurous, taking hold of places, spaces, and sounds, reimagining them and altering them just enough to make the entire recording sound at once immediately familiar and somehow wholly other.
  14. Mar 22, 2013
    80
    Impossible Truth is Tyler's second richly satisfying and absorbing record of solo guitar in three years.
  15. Magnet
    Mar 21, 2013
    80
    Tyler's command of his instrument is commendable, but his ability to use it for a compelling, lyrical collection of instro cuts is even more so. [No. 96, p.60]
  16. Mar 21, 2013
    80
    Whether he’s softly plucking away or spinning a complicated web of chords, Tyler’s music is transportive in the sense that it can offer an escape from just about anywhere.
  17. 80
    Impossible Truth is flecked with everything from jazz to psychedelic and Spaghetti Western. Maybe this kind of depth is more common with instrumental music, but regardless, this is an uncommonly good album.
  18. Apr 5, 2013
    70
    Impossible Truth is a dense and compelling album, but also one that shows room for him to develop into an even more impressive musician.
  19. Mar 28, 2013
    70
    With a steadfast attention to his orchestration, it helps to illuminate his musical exploration of the West.
  20. Mar 21, 2013
    70
    This is a fine soundtrack to a road movie that's yet to be filmed.

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