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Truth and Lies

  • 1. Last Man Alive
    2. Make You Happy
    3. Confess
    4. For Us All
    5. Knot Around the World
    6. Steel Knife
    7. Wheels
    8. Said and Done
    9. Who's the Daddy
    10. Damned, The
    11. Sleeping
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 20071

  • Credits
    ProducerDave Ruffy; Mark Wallis
    EngineerJake Rousham; Dave Ruffy; Mark Wallis

    Recording information: Brighton (2004-2005); Good Luck Studios, London, England (2004-2005); Metway (2004-2005).
    Photographer: Iona Bateman.
    As far as the U.S. is concerned, the Levellers -- for those who noticed -- peaked in the early '90s with their excellent Britpop-meets-Celtic rock stateside debut, Levelling the Land, but as with similar groups like the Waterboys and the Wonder Stuff, the non-collegiate American audiences just couldn't get their collective heads around the material. Since then, the Levellers have achieved enough grassroots success in their homeland to support their very own festival, and album number ten, Truth & Lies, finds the Brighton, England, sextet in a familiar place. Big rousing choruses, manic fiddling, and heartfelt anthems aim for the stadium walls with surprising effectiveness, displaying either a newfound vitality or an amiable acceptance that what their fans want, their fans will get. Opener "Last Man Alive" flirts with Green Day-esque melodic punk, "Confess" revisits the Manchester-style, fiddle- and loop-based structure that made classics like "The Boatman" so addictive, and the spacious and grand "Sleeping" serves as a fitting end, channeling Mike Scott's "This Is the Sea" and Miles Hunt's "Sing the Absurd" with both reverence and frivolity. Truth and Lies breaks little ground for the veteran band, but it's as good as anything they've ever put out, and a little more self-assured. ~ James Christopher Monger

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