The Truth We Tell Ourselves
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Gripping vocals, emotional lyrics, and a strangely reminiscent 90’s melancholy are the core sounds of Rob Randolph’s sophomore effort, The Truth We Tell Ourselves.
A percussive, acoustic rock album capable of leaving emo fans shaking, punkers with their jaws on the floor, housewives quivering, metal heads rocking and alterna-kids feeling hip for a second or two, The Truth We Tell Ourselves is as pure and emotional as it gets.
With thick layers of instrumentation fronted by Randolph’s trademark worn, in-your-face voice and his catchy guitar riffs, Randolph is able to combine the tantalizing smarts of Counting Crows with the boldness of the Foo Fighters. With elegant & jazzy keys, aggressive & funky bass riffs and the energizing & talented drumming, Rob Randolph takes us to places we all can relate to on a personal level. All while crafting a tightly produced, hook-laden acoustic rock album appealing to indie, folk, and pop fans alike.
Rob Randolph’s The Truth We Tell Ourselves takes you on an emotional roller-coaster that we all call life. He reminds us that we are inner-connected on this journey and that we share a common thread of happiness and heartache. Randolph makes you question the tough decisions in life and shows the optimistic view that life is a breathtaking journey and how it doesn’t always come out the way we plan.
With songs like ‘Distaste’ and ‘Thoughts of Comfort’ that set a dark, moody atmosphere of regret and pain, he lets a bit of sunshine crack through the clouds in ‘Lucky Stars’, promising that tomorrow might be a bit better. It reminds us of love, life, loss and the day after that may find you shaking the dust off and picking yourself right back up.
Here is an album that hides the optimism, but has plenty of it. This is the album you always crave after the dark times seem to be setting in. This is the genius of Rob Randolph.
Rob Randolph Kicks Out Excellent Sophmore Record
Singer-songwriters are an abundant breed. Open mic nights in coffee shops and bars are often filled to the brim with them, though few move beyond playing a few of such shows. Local singer-songwriter Rob Randolph is one of the few solo acts who’s taken his music far beyond the dusty bar scene. Randolph just released his second record, The Truth We Tell Ourselves. The record was recorded at SoundVision Recording over in Mesa, AZ.
Despite the fact that Randolph is a singer-songwriter, much of his music is very band oriented. Randolph employs a backing band which includes drums, bass, keys and lead guitar. Randolph’s music is a blend of alternative, hard and acoustic rock that would be perfectly at home back in the 90s. The new record, The Truth We Tell Ourselves is a like blend of Counting Crows, Foo Fighters and Third Eye Blind.
The album kicks off with “Lucky Stars,” a solid track that erupts into a big chorus. “A Word You Say” comes in as track number two, driven by the lead guitar, it brings back memories of some of those late 80s power ballads. The album’s sixth track, Mister Sanjay really moves Randolph into that Counting Crows sound with uplifting verses and the help of a guest female vocalist on the choruses. “Thoughts of Comfort” resonates as one of my favorite tracks on the album. The bittersweet vocals and minor tonalities really shine through. The album wraps up with “Ties that Bind,” a heartfelt track with an excellent mix of piano and guitar in the verses.
The Truth We Tell Ourselves is an absolutely solid record from local musician Rob Randolph. His extensive songwriting experience is clearly evident throughout the album and makes it a joy to listen to.
Album Review by Alec Cunningham (ARIEL PUBLICITY)
Artist: Rob Randolph
Album: The Truth We Tell Ourselves
Review by: Alec Cunningham
With The Truth We Tell Ourselves, Rob Randolph, who serves as the album’s singer and guitarist as well as its songwriter, presents life’s oppositions. Instead of sticking with the all too well-known angst-ridden lyrics many artists love to employ, however, Randolph spins them in a way where optimism becomes a key factor, allowing the songs to take on a whole new facade.
The Truth We Tell Ourselves as a whole conveys an evident 90’s influence in a Counting Crows meets Matchbox 20 sort of way. The time warp kicks off with “Lucky Stars.” As we all know, when life begins to disappoint us or let us down, there is ultimately always a silver lining to be found – someone who will stand beside you or something you are still able to look forward to – and that is exactly what “Lucky Stars” encourages us to do. Randolph sings, “Life has its way of kicking you on your knees . . . I don’t think I’ll fall that far. If I do, will I be here with you catchin’ lucky stars?”
“A Word You Say” delicately weaves emotive guitar finger picking into impassioned lyrics to reveal the inner thoughts created by a faltering relationship. The song’s slightly shorter radio edited counterpart appears as the last song on the album. The only difference between versions is that the edited version takes out a choice word that appears in each chorus, making the song a bit more family friendly. Aside from that, the songs mirror each other word for word, beat for beat. Randolph’s rough and tumble, yet soft, welcoming voice sets the stage for the radio welcoming “Lying Blue Eyes.” Initially he sings, “All our stories traded,bought, and sold gives us meaning as our lives unfold, and I don’t have a care when I look into your deep blue eyes,” but then he goes on to realize that her eyes have been disguising the fact that she is actually lying to him.
“Mister Sanjay” is strategically placed in the middle of the album to refocus any occasional wandering ears. What makes the song stand out from the rest is not a change of genre or a difference of quality. “Mr. Sanjay” is still the same alternative rock as the rest of the album, though he does add a touch of grungy pop to the sound, if that is even considered possible. It is also of the same high quality that has come to be expected by this point on the album. The song stands out, however, because it is the only song on which Randolph teams up with a female vocalist for accompaniment, which makes for an appealing addition.
“Ties That Bind” is the anthem of all those grieving and upset. The song moves from a steady, march-like drum beat and soft melody in the verses to a strong, full-flavored masterpiece in the chorus. Randolph croons, “And I don’t know if I would ever know. Gotta have faith and hope that we’re all okay. Gotta love each other all our days. Gotta hold on real tight and not let go. If you’re holding on, I’m holding on.” The amount of conviction Randolph conveys within his lyrics is almost overpowering.
The Truth We Tell Ourselves utilizes strong guitar intros that will pump you up and keep you excited from song to song. There is not one weak song on the album; each is not only well constructed, but also contains the type of truthful, expressive subject matter that not everyone is brave enough to talk about, but that everyone is able to relate to.
Review by: Alec Cunningham
Rating: 5 stars (out of 5)