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Album Review

It was Aaron Hall's vocals that powered tracks like "My Fantasy" and "Jam" during his tenure as the lead singer of Guy. After Guy split in 1990, it was inevitable that Hall would go on to a solo career. Released in 1993, The Truth hit the shelves sounding dated in spots, due in part to the ever-changing style of early-'90s urban contemporary. Over the course of this debut solo album, Hall's use of the Gap Band's Charlie Wilson as a reference point does get tiring. More often than not, the production strength overshadows Hall's persona, which is barely there. Much to the dismay of many fans, Hall's 1991 big hit, "Don't Be Afraid," shows up here as a remix rather than the superior version released on the Juice soundtrack. That mistake makes this album less than it could have been. Truth be told, Hall's slick Romeo act was also a bust-out, as the top-notch weeper "I Miss You" has Hall giving the best performance here. "Don't Be Afraid (Sex You Down Some Mo' Version)," despite it's he-man subtitle, has Hall begging and calling himself "little ol' me." "Let's Make Love" steams it up successfully despite his showboating and breathy spoken intro. The last full track, "Until the End of Time," possesses a great melody and coasts on the good momentum of the better songs. Divorced from the new jack swing demands and crossover aims, The Truth is an enjoyable listen.

Customer Reviews

Don't sleep on one of the hottest male vocalist of the decade!!!!!!

This CD shows what quality and talent can do when combined! None of the raunchy nastiness of 2006--just simply jazzy, funky, and sexy. Truly "Grown Folks" music!!!

A Classic 90's R&B Album!!!

Aaron Hall's debut, "The Truth" contains some of the best slow jamz of the New Jack Swing era. "I Miss You", "When You Need Me", and "Until the End of Time" are some of the best songs on the record. This album turned Hall in2 one of the best R&B singers of the early 90's!!!

solid production

not an unforgettable album. it'd be a 3 star "average" and rather forgettable fare if it wasn't for hall's voice. one of the most underused voices of the 90s, only to then fade into inexplicqable obscurity (yes, i know he did 2 more albums). as far as this album goes, GUY fans will like the 90s new jack vibe, and hall's voice was quite well suited to it. but it's the ballads that show that hall's voice deserved better material. hopefully one of these days he'll come around to a more jazzy, acoustic style that showcases that voice - just like chritopher williams eventually did.

Biography

Born: August 10, 1964 in New York, NY [The Bronx]

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Former Guy vocalist Aaron Hall made his solo debut in 1993 with The Truth. Although quite erratic, the best songs displayed the confident, authoritative voice and range Hall had demonstrated while with Guy. After a series of soundtrack appearances, he...
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The Truth, Aaron Hall
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  • $5.99
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music
  • Released: Sep 28, 1993

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