Unbelievable Truth


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Almost Here , 5/10
Sorry Thank You (2000), 4/10
Misc. Music, 3/10
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Unbelievable Truth were formed in 1993 in Oxford (England) by multi-instrumentalist Nigel Powell and singer-guitarist Andy Yorke (brother of Thom Yorke from Radiohead). Their early singles, Stone (1997), Higher Than Reason (1998) and Solved (1998) are all collected on debut album Almost Here (Virgin, 1998), a collection of pensive, understated folk-pop tunes with spare arrangements of acoustic and electronic instruments (guitars, piano, organ, strings) that stands like the antithesis of Oasis' Brit-pop and sounds like an encyclopedia of subdued rock music, running the gamut from the Smiths (Solved) to the Blue Nile (the majestic twang of Be Ready), from Chris Isaak (the plaintive yodel of Building) to Jeff Buckley (Stone), from Talk Talk (the dilated atmosphere of Almost Here) to an original style that mixes them all (Same Mistakes, perhaps their masterpiece).

The group disbanded after Sorry Thank You (2000), that yielded three more singles, and Misc. Music, a collection of rare, live and unreleased tracks.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Matteo Gentile)

Gli Unbelievable Truth sono stati formati nel 1993 a Oxford (Inghilterra) dal polistrumentista Nigel Powell e dal cantante-chitarrista Andy Yorke (fratello di Thom Yorke dei Radiohead). I loro primi singoli, Stone (1997), Higher Than Reason (1998) e Solved (1998) sono tutti raccolti nell'album di debutto Almost Here (Virgin, 1998), una raccolta di melodie folk-pop pensierose e discrete con arrangiamenti in acustico e strumenti elettronici (chitarre, pianoforte, organo, archi) che si erge come l'antitesi del britpop degli Oasis e suona come un'enciclopedia di tenue musica rock che va dai The Smiths ( Solved ) ai The Blue Nile (le maestose vibrazioni di Be Ready ), da Chris Isaak (il lamentoso yodel di Building ) a Jeff Buckley ( Stone ), dai Talk Talk (l'atmosfera dilatata di Almost Here ) a uno stile originale che li mescola tutti ( Same Mistakes , forse il loro capolavoro). Il gruppo si sciolse dopo Sorry Thank You (2000), che conteneva altri tre singoli, e Misc. Music , una raccolta di brani rari, dal vivo e inediti.

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