The True False Identity - T-Bone Burnett
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  • Summary: This is the veteran producer's first solo artist album in 14 years.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. 80
    Comes across like a hi-fi version of Tom Waits at his gnarliest. [Jun 2006, p.92]
  2. On The True False Identity, Burnett substantiates his role as a composer and performer steeped in traditional American music.
  3. The time away and working with such diverse influences has enhanced his writing skills, The True False Identity overflowing with dense textures and dexterous social and political commentary that bursts with feverish abandon.
  4. Ultimately... his pinched delivery and humorless moralizing wear thin; by album's end, you wish he'd just start a blog. [26 May 2006, p.107]
  5. A gripping yet comic collection of Americana songs braced with wit, heartbreak, social critique and spirituality. [20 May 2006]
  6. As he routinely does with other artists' material, Burnett has outdone himself on the album's production; it's the material itself that's a bit underwhelming.
  7. From nearly anyone else, The True False Identity would be a striking and adventurous work, but given Burnett's body of work, there's no arguing he can do better.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2