Evermore
Truth of the World: Welcome to the Show


3.0
good

Review

by David James Young USER (181 Reviews)
April 25th, 2009 | 42 replies | 7,373 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Did you know that the media is...evil?

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Those Hume brothers seemed like lovely young men. As New Zealand pop collective Evermore, the trio unexpectedly scaled to the top of the charts with little numbers such as It’s Too Late, Running and Lights Surrounding You. Whilst these songs (as well as the albums that spawned them, 2004’s Dreams and 2006’s Real Life) certainly weren’t terrible, they did feel a little bland after a while. Detractors and critics subsequently agreed…and so, surprisingly, did Evermore themselves.

2009 sees Evermore return with a brand new album…but it’s certainly not what you’re expecting. Truth of the World: Welcome to the Show sheds the skin of the band’s past completely, instead presenting listeners with a synth-infused, dance-rock concept album. Surprised? You’ll be even more so when you discover they haven’t fallen arse-over-head in their borderline insane ambitions, despite a few stumbles along the way.

The plot of Truth of the World, like any self-respecting concept album, is gratuitously convoluted and decidedly pretentious. Here’s the deal: we’re in the future, and the entire world has been taken over by a network called Truth of the World – which even has a theme song that’s sung at various points of the record. It’s a CNN-styled 24/7 “newstainment” program, hosted by one Donovan Earl. It seems the only person who is resistant to TOTW’s takeover is a teenager called Max, who has to be medicated in order to keep in line.

Making sense yet? No? No matter – let’s try and focus on the music itself.

Whilst vocalist Jon Hume hasn’t drastically undergone any type of metamorphosis, the instrumentation certainly has. Gone is the twelve-string acoustic strumming, simple rock beat patterns and weak blend of atmospheric keyboards of Evermore records past. This time around, we’re treated to an array of Edge-like guitar licks (Plugged In), Peter’s hard-hitting synth and bass patterns (a surprisingly dominant force on the album) and driving dance beats that occasionally thunder through some stadium-sized fills (see lead single Between the Lines for some especially impressive stick work from Dann).

This sudden shift into an almost polar opposite sound from previously certainly sounds a little uncomfortable at times, as would be expected. When Truth of the World is on the mark, however, we’re treated to some damn fine pop music. Hey Boys and Girls bops along with Billie Jean drums and shout-along catchiness, faltered only slightly by a not-fully-realised falsetto. Meanwhile, Diamonds in the River and Everybody’s Doing It fuse in soulful vocals with lyrical paranoia. It’s in accordance with the story and concept of the record – the former from the perspective of an ignored world war, the latter pressuring the album’s protagonist into aligning themselves with Truth of the World (as mentioned, it’s not the easiest plot to follow).

These standouts give one the impression that Evermore is well on their way to giving listeners a totally satisfying record. Sadly, however, it’s not something that the brothers three were able to achieve on Truth of the World. For one thing, it’s decidedly overlong, and in desperate need of an editor for both the amount of tracks (let’s clip off Chemical Miracle and Girl With the World on Her Shoulders, at the very least) and the overall concept of the record itself (which should be the strong point- it is, after all, a concept album that thrives on telling a story).

The themes of the record have also been truly done to death in the past – namely the record’s most obvious influence, U2’s 1993 release Zooropa. Yes, we understand just how big the media influence is on our world and just how evil and deceptive it can be…but was there really a need to dedicate another record to it entirely?

Truth of the World really is all over the shop. This is a record that changes tact almost as much as it changes its storyline. It occasionally teeters towards excellence, sometimes fumbling the ball significantly with clichéd lyrics. However, it’s almost always presenting listeners with a new and improved sound from Dreams or Real Life. You’re on the right track, lads, but let’s not get so paranoid next time…



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user ratings (25)
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other reviews of this album
Davey Boy STAFF (2.5)
A risky and ambitious concept album that is too long & uninvolving....

Tom (4.5)
A very, very danceable rock opera....


Comments:Add a Comment 
AtavanHalen
April 25th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

And that's why I don't like cricket.

Captain North
April 25th 2009



6743 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'd like to point out Diamonds in the River isn't quite as fictional as you think, nor is it a world war. It's about the blood diamond wars in Africa. I'm surprised you didn't realise that....

Eh, yours is a better review, so fuck you, and you raise some good points. I don't necessarily agree, but I can see how most people would.

And yeah, one thing I avoided in the review was that a good deal of the lyrics are amazingly cliche and over the top.

AtavanHalen
April 25th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I was just trying to fit it into the concept of the album. If it's seriously about the blood diamonds...WOW. They REALLY missed the boat on that one.

Captain North
April 25th 2009



6743 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

...Well, it's still happening and it's still getting largely ignored. And it's arguably one of the best songs on the album so I'm not complaining.

Waior
April 25th 2009



11420 Comments


This is a great review for an okay album.



AtavanHalen
April 25th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I understand it's still happening, but they really missed the mark in terms of how it fit into the record. I read all the lyrics in the context of the album's concept, but I was obviously misguided in doing so.
Also- thank you, Jenna Fischer. Your legacy is intact.

taylormemer
April 25th 2009



4887 Comments


Yeah, can you believe Dreams was meant to be a concept album before they realised that was just going to be ridiculous. Anyway, band is pretty bland. I'm interested, but not overly excited. They weren't all that amazing live either, but hey there's much worse I guess. Great review.

Captain North
April 25th 2009



6743 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

They suck live because none of them can actually sing. It must take them ages to get the vocals right in the studio (and they still occasionally sound off-key, though it's rare on this record).

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
April 25th 2009



20803 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yep, another rock-solid review here DavID. I think you balanced up the positives & negatives fairly well and there is a sense of disappointment in your tone that Evermore couldn't fully make the whole thing work.

I am still looking forward to giving this a listen.

AtavanHalen
April 25th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's because I was pretty disappointed. Maybs next time.

ConorMichaelJoseph
April 25th 2009



1870 Comments


Great review, pos'd, but despite your negatives I'm gonna give this a listen.

AtavanHalen
April 25th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good for you, sweetie.

upagainstthewall
April 26th 2009



838 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Very well writen review! (pos) I can agree with you for once on an album.

kintups
April 29th 2009



491 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm thrilled that someone wrote a review for this. Excellent review!

Douglas
May 8th 2009



8984 Comments


Is it just me, or is the singer starting to look like the singer from MCR?

AtavanHalen
May 8th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

YEH BRO ALL DUDES W/ BLEECHBLOND HAIR L00KZ TEH SAEM!

Douglas
May 8th 2009



8984 Comments


Obviusly not.

AtavanHalen
May 8th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

YOU CAN USE MY DESK IF YOU WANT TO AND AFTERWARDS MAYBE WE COULD GO TO LUNCH

Douglas
May 8th 2009



8984 Comments


lol

Asiatic667
May 8th 2009



4647 Comments


I H8 them



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