The Bottom Line
Laura Izibor steps into the spotlight and hopes to shine with her debut, Let the Truth Be Told. But if you let the truth be told, she doesn't really bring much new to the table. Her vocals, at times, are reminiscent of Jill Scott, Joss Stone and others. The production and lyrical arrangement are something you’d expect to hear from an early Alicia Keys album. Even the topics she chose to cover, mainly love, have been done before. Listening to the album, I found myself matching many of the songs with similar songs by others. With that said, the album isn’t bad; despite its lack of uniqueness, it has its strong points.
- Lyrical content.
- Vocal delivery.
- The cohesiveness of each song.
- Explorations of different genres.
- The album's brevity makes for a short listen. It is about 37 minutes in entirety.
- The lack of "freshness."
- The overuse of the 'love' theme.
- Not being vocally identifiable.
- Acoustically laden.
- Mostly ballads and mid-tempo songs.
- No Auto-Tune.
Guide Review - Laura Izibor - 'Let the Truth Be Told'
The album’s major strength lies in the variations of the love themes, which are embedded within many of the tracks. Izibor makes writing contributions to each song and this makes for a more personable vocal delivery. There are no ladies' anthems coercing women to kick their partners "to the left," no trite and overplayed sexual innuendos, and no mantras to bust out your cheating lover’s windows. Rump-shaking club bangers are nonexistent as the album is mainly comprised of ballads and mid-tempos. Izibor attempts to take us back to the days where singers sung about love and heartache, and adults acted like adults and not lovesick adolescents. What works in her favor, is her decision to not jump on the latest bandwagon of using the vocal Auto-Tune and burdening listeners with overly synthesized tracks. Instead, the album is very acoustically laden, which finds Izibor herself playing the piano. Although majority of the album discusses love in its different forms, it’s the encapsulating lyrics that make the album worth listening to.
The different musical genres that Izibor explore allow the album to standout. There's a little bit of rock, blues, soul, and of course R&B. On the inspirational closing track, and possibly the best song on the album, "Mmm," the album reaches its climax and listeners get the opportunity to hear Izibor and what she is capable of bringing to the table. Hopefully this track is a prelude to what consumers can expect in subsequent albums.
Tracks worth honorable mention include the feisty official lead single, "From My Heart to Yours," the go-getter motivator, "Shine," which is taken from The Nanny Diaries Soundtrack, the Alicia Keys-like "Perfect World," the bluesy "I Don’t Want You Back," and the soulful and upbeat "Yes (I’ll Be Your Baby)."