Evermore
Truth of the World: Welcome to the Show


4.5
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Review

by Tom USER (6 Reviews)
April 18th, 2009 | 25 replies | 5,960 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A very, very danceable rock opera.

Supposedly taking place in a dystopian future, but coming across rather a lot like the world we live in right now, Truth of the World: Welcome to the Show is a romping, fun and thoroughly enjoyable look at the shallowness of the media world and its effects on life.

Oh, and it’s a rock opera.

Like most rock operas, it’s long winded with a running time of just over an hour. Unlike most rock operas, it never stumbles over its ideas, possibly because it avoids the mistake of taking itself too seriously. The songs are littered with imitations of the corporate world, such as the offers for a miracle drug, Truthogen, or the assurances that ‘Max is Stable’ alongside old-school cartoon sound effects.

However, in between all this mockery and laughing, is an underlying dark side to the album. Max is a troubled teenager who sees the truth in the world (no doubt another meaning to the albums title) and is disillusioned by it. There is also mention of the news stories that always get underplayed, like the violence in Africa (as found on the rumbling Front Page Story/Diamonds in the River).

Concepts aside, what obviously really pulls this album along is the music. What the band lacks in technicality, they more than make up with excellent song writing. Each song rollicks along at its own pace, be it piano ballad (Truth of the World, pt 1) or straight up dance-rock (Between The Lines), adding new sounds and riffs before they get old, while still maintaining solid mainstream appeal. Many of the riffs are incredibly addictive, such as the bass line on the aforementioned song or the guitar in Everybody’s Doing It.

Vocally, the Hume brothers (Jon, Dann and Peter – who make up the band in its entirety) have the potential to grate, and have done so in the past, but here, they seem to hit all the right notes. Perhaps the chorus to Hey Boys and Girls is as annoying as they get, but they are capable of some heart rending moans. But it’s the other instruments which drive the album.

For me, reading negative reviews of this album makes me wonder if we’re even listening to the same album. This New Zealand band has made the best rock opera in years, certainly one of the most original sound wise. This record has the potential to be a heavy influence on the music industry, although I doubt it ever will be. Either way, I recommend this to everyone.



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Captain North
April 18th 2009



6784 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Ehh, this is only my second serious review effort. Months after my last one. I apologise if its shit, but listen to the album.

Vooligan
April 18th 2009



3541 Comments


Good stuff, pretty cool album.This Message Edited On 04.18.09

upagainstthewall
April 18th 2009



838 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

To be honest i cant stand this bandThis Message Edited On 04.18.09

Captain North
April 18th 2009



6784 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Are we listening to the same album?

upagainstthewall
April 18th 2009



838 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yes... Evermore just dont Float My Boat!


Captain North
April 18th 2009



6784 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Why was that capitalized?

upagainstthewall
April 18th 2009



838 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I have no idea actually!


AtavanHalen
April 18th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This record has the potential to be a heavy influence on the music industry

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
Ahahahaha.
Aha.
Ha.

Vooligan
April 18th 2009



3541 Comments


nawwwwwwwwwww

Captain North
April 18th 2009



6784 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Did you notice how I said it won't be though? It has potential, but it'll never be found.

AtavanHalen
April 18th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It still procured epic lulz.

Captain North
April 18th 2009



6784 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Whatevs. As long as its not a bad review I'm happy.

AtavanHalen
April 18th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

certainly one of the most original sound wise

(cough)Zooropa(cough)

Vooligan
April 18th 2009



3541 Comments


Het Boys and Girls is catchy as hell, doesnt matter too much if its not original.

upagainstthewall
April 18th 2009



838 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Het Boys and Girls is catchy as hell...

Unfortunately, that was the song that destroyed my Evermore Appreciation.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
April 18th 2009



20856 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Glad to see you get to this reveiw Tom as I've been anticipating it. Pretty efficient for a brief review & I think you touch on pretty much everything, so well done.

I still haven't given the album a listen, but the single is growing on me big time. I like how they also changed their looks to go with the new sound. The drummer looks like a completely different person!

Captain North
April 18th 2009



6784 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Hey Boys and Girls is my second least favourite on the album, only beaten by the second track which really could have done without being a piano ballad.

And thanks Davey.

astrel
April 18th 2009



2614 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like this, but I feel guilty liking this for some reason.

kintups
April 18th 2009



491 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@ astrel: If you like it you shouldn't feel guilty listening to it... unless it's Nickelback.

upagainstthewall
April 18th 2009



838 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It's doing the complete opposite of growing for me Davey.
Before this album they were not a bad band, just the complete change of style from Coldplay sound alikes to avid Pop material has thrown me.



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