ho would have ever looked forward to a day where I’m writing R & B reviews? Yeah, well, me either- but I’m here to do it anyway. Let’s get one thing straight from the beginning, though, this is more of a public service announcement than review. The world needs to be aware of the fact that this album should not have been made- or should not have turned out the way it did. Unfortunately, I don’t really know a lot about Truth Hurts, except that she’s a 30 year old singer with enormous, uh, talent who works with Dr. Dre. I think she’s from St. Louis, but honestly, I’m not sure and it doesn’t really matter either.
You heard the single. I guarantee if you watch MTV at all or listen to the radio, you know “Addictive”. It’s catchy, her vocals are different and fresh, and it’s got a verse from Rakim. It’s a damn good song, one that could be considered for single of the year. But oh, what connotations that label brings. “One hit wonder” springs right to mind. And with no follow-up single, how can she be anything but? “Addictive” is good, with a sweet Desi vocal sample in the background, a great middle-eastern flavored beat from DJ Quik and Truth Hurts’ best vocals, but honestly, there isn’t a damn thing left behind it.
Originally, it looked like “The Truth”, featuring R. Kelly was going to be a pretty big song, at least popularity-wise. Unfortunately, the production team behind it forgot to make it good. Neither one of the artists sounds like they normally do, frankly, and they both have voices that have advantages when used correctly. For instance, on songs like “The Watcher II” and “Addictive”-her only two real successes- Truth Hurts flexes some of her vocal range and some interesting effects are laid upon her voice. “The Truth”, among other songs, doesn’t allow her true talents to shine. There was a reason that she was offered an opera scholarship at one point.
I could run down the songs one by one, but just a few will give you a good guess at why this album is such a failure. “Not Really Looking”, a G-funk inspired track produced by Dre, has a nice beat that is totally wasted here. Her forte is not being a gangsta. You ever hear someone who wants so bad to be one of the boys, but they just aren’t? If you haven’t, by all means, download this song. “Queen of the Ghetto”, “Hollywood”, “Real” are all mediocre songs. The problem being that they all sound exactly the same. Add this to the fact that, at times, she sounds both out of tune and singing wrong notes and one wonders about the speed of the production of this record. Judging by Dr Dre’s consistency and perfectionist tendencies, one wonders whether he may be losing his touch a bit here in an effort to jump on some sort of bandwagon.
OK. Confession time: I kind of like “This Feeling”. It’s got an interesting piano loop, and Truth is a bit more subdued (unlike her turn on “Do Me”: I sure would, but there’s no need for her (or me) to elucidate here, methinks). So that makes, two tolerable songs, one great one, and the rest. Perhaps this should have been an EP?
Reviewed by: Brett Berliner
Reviewed on: 2003-09-01