My True Story - Aaron Neville
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Mar 5, 2013
    70
    As an album, there is nothing Aaron Neville is offering in these remakes that would make anyone want to listen to his versions instead of the originals. Therefore the album falls flat, and comes across as a well executed, but arbitrary project, from a legend.
  2. Jan 28, 2013
    60
    There's a faint mustiness to some of the more upbeat arrangements, but on slow jams like the title track (a falsetto-streaked 1961 gem by the Jive Five) and Curtis Mayfield's "Gypsy Woman," Neville suspends time in vocal amber, a true soul master at work.
  3. Jan 25, 2013
    70
    Ultimately, My True Story is a smooth, mostly laid-back, and soulful recording by Neville.
  4. Jan 25, 2013
    80
    My True Story sits right in the middle of it all, nostalgic but beautiful, distinctive but connected.
  5. Jan 24, 2013
    60
    This is a joyful and respectful collection. [Feb 2013, p.107]
  6. Jan 22, 2013
    70
    It's a tasteful genre exercise that employs old-fashioned conventions with strategic license.
  7. Jan 22, 2013
    70
    He shines brightest on the slower material.
  8. Jan 22, 2013
    80
    [An] engaging, likable, thoroughly listenable, and indeed, sing-along album. [Feb 2013, p.96]
  9. Jan 22, 2013
    80
    What sets this collection of doo-wop and early rock era tunes apart from the jaded pack is Neville's peerless voice and crystal clear passion for the material.
  10. 80
    It's a virtually faultless set, with plenty of neat touches personalising familiar material.
  11. Neville almost levitates through doo-wop, soul and R&B standards.
  12. 70
    If [Keith] Richards' participation helps revitalize these sounds and sends newcomers searching out the first versions well, that's just a bonus to a thrilling project that combines Neville's stunning voice with classic melodies whose sentiments remain timeless.

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