Theory Of A Deadman - 'The Truth Is ...'

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Theory Of A Deadman - 'The Truth Is ...'

Theory of a Deadman's fourth studio album.

Theory of a Deadman's fourth studio album is the least Nickelback-like, adopting a misogynistic almost cartoon rockabilly take on the modern rock genre.

Whether you enjoy the style will depend greatly on whether you loathe or love Theory of a Deadman's more salubrious countrymen, but there's no denying the fun to be had on first single 'Lowlife', 'Bitch Came Back' or 'Gentlemen', the latter two resplendent in their use of horn and string sections. The title track bounces along in enjoyable fashion complete with sexist lyrics and Tyler Connolly's angst ridden vocal refrains whilst those still smarting from the fact that this isn't 'Scars and Souvenirs' part two will perhaps welcome the addition of the soaring 'Hurricane' a Kara Diaguardio co-write, or the hooky 'Out Of My Head'.

In an effort to negate all the faux-misogynies that have come before, the addition of 'Easy to Love You' perhaps provides the only real window into Tyler Connolly's mind. The change of direction musically may not do the band any favours, however Theory of a Deadman should be congratulated for trying something different in a world where many modern rock bands sound the same. As far as the misogynistic element on display is concerned, Tyler Connolly's image has become more and more cartoon like and like an actor he now appears to feel more comfortable getting into character for the songs that he has written, songs that in essence are written firmly with tongue in cheek. 

Whether it is wise to base a whole album around the formula that proved so successful with 'I Hate My Life' from the previous album is highly questionable.

Mike Newdeck

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